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September 20, 2002 - As the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Environment moves into the second phase of its Bio-diversity enabling activity project, the Ministry is requesting the full co operation of the general public. This is a following up on the initial project which produced the National Bio- diversity Strategy and Action Plan and the Bio- diversity Country Study Report for St.Lucia.

According to Anita James Bio – diversity project activity leader on traditional knowledge

in the Ministry of Agriculture, the second project comprises several dimensions.

“This second project is called Assessing the Capacity Building Needs to Undertake Bio-diversity Conservation on the island. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility and administered through the United Nations Environment Programme. There are three main activities in this project. To assess capacity building , the policy, legal and institutional framework for bio-diversity conservation will be assessed, the capacity building needs to monitor bio- diversity will be assessed”.

The project says James also aims to preserve and maintain traditional bio-diversity related knowledge in St.Lucia. As a first step in evaluating the capacity building needs,

The team working on this project have been conducting a survey on the Perceptions of Bio-diversity and its importance on the island.

James says that 30 enumerators have been trained and sent out to households with questionnaires and so far the response has been encouraging.

“ Generally speaking we are very grateful for the co operation we got from the general public and we would like them to continue to give us their co operation because by October, we will also be continuing the survey of the perceptions, but this time we’re looking at agencies and resource users.

James says that the October leg of the survey will include Furniture manufacturers, Seamoss producers and sea egg harvestors, among others and will target communities such as Balka and Forrestierre.


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