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Friday, May 12, 2006 - The British High Commission has agreed to fund a Capacity Building and Information Sharing through Networking Project between the Pitons Management Area and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in the UK.


The project aims to build on links already made between the Pitons Management Area and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site through a series of exchange of personnel and sharing of information and best practice. Among the activities planned are familiarisation tours of the two sites, workshop sessions on emerging issues and stakeholder meetings to address areas of concern. It is expected that the exchanges will provide the basis for the development of a Memorandum of Understanding and twinning arrangement between the two sites. It is also hoped that the surrounding communities of the Pitons Management Area will feel the economic benefits of sound environmental management of the site.

The Dorset and East Devon Coast (Jurassic Coast) was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in December 2001. The 95 miles long coastal site comprises a near-continuous, accessible sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock exposures representing almost the entire Mesozoic Era, together with outstanding geomorphological features such as landslides, a barrier beach and lagoon, cliffs and raised (fossil) beaches. The site is of unique historical importance to the founding of geology and geomorphology and is at the forefront of modern earth science research.


Resident British Commissioner, Mr Kelvin Green, will make the presentation of just over EC$30,000 to Mr Henix Joseph, Manager of the Pitons Management Area on Tuesday 16 May at the Offices of the British High Commission.

The media are invited to attend the handover ceremony, which will take place at the British High Commission on Tuesday 16 May 2006 at 11am.

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