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Monday, September 05, 2005 - In order to continue manage and sustain natural resources and preserve the eco-system for future generations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will soon implement two more important programmes.

Minister for Agriculture Honourable Ignatius Jean says ‘In order to derive benefits from bio-diversity conservation we need to know what we have. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is now completing a plant inventory of the island as part of the first phase of a Management of Biological Resources Project.”

Minister Jean added that the second Bio-diversity Enabling Activity project will also come on stream. One component will include an assessment of the countries’ capacity to manage its biodiversity with emphasis to be placed on the Bio- Safety.”

According to the reason for these programmes is that St. Lucia is consciously building a foundation of survival for younger generations. The programmes will be undertaken on a phased basis.

The Ministry has reportedly maintained sharp surveillance of several conservation projects around the island, many of which have been successful. Among them Minister Jean named the Soufriere Marine Management Authority Project.

“It is a world class project, it’s a model project around the globe and it really shows how we can utilise resources sustainably and how we can share the resource and partnerships that we have - be it with tourism, fisheries, the people of Soufriere and the coastal people.”

The Soufriere Marine Management Authority is observing its tenth anniversary this year.

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