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Contact: Julita Peter

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - Environment officials are expressing concern over the condition of the island’s 37 watersheds. They are calling for legal interventions in order to save our water resources.

A watershed is commonly described as a hydrological unit, which essentially drains water. It involves the collection and storage of water, and to a great extent the actual draining of water downstream to the rivers.

Programme Officer of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Watershed Management Programme David Popo says, “One of the weaknesses across the OECS countries is the absence of policies to ensure that regulations regarding development are reinforced.”

Poor farming practices and irresponsible land development have been cited as two of the factors seriously affecting water quality.

The OECS will meet this month in St. Kitts/Nevis to pave the way for the development of a regional water policy. However, Popo says, whilst this is a significant move, political will is important to its implementation.


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