PRESS RELEASE – A one-day consultation aimed at determining where and how the resources within the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) are being utilized was held on Friday March 18, 2016 at the Department of Fisheries Conference Room in Vieux Fort.
The consultation brought together various stakeholders from both the public and private sectors who have a vested interest in the protection area and who are familiar with its unique resources.
Through interaction with the major resource users, conservation management agencies were able to identify and evaluate resource use patterns at various locations within the PSEPA.
Such information is crucial for the effective management of all the resources, including those which are under special protection by law.
In addition, the discussions provided participants with the opportunity to dialogue on issues related to access to resources; clarifying legislative obligations; identifying potential conflict areas and making recommendations which could reduce user conflict.
The PSEPA encompasses a vast network of marine and terrestrial spaces, stretching from Moule a Chique to Pointe de Caille, including Maria Islands, Ma Kôté Mangroves and Savannes Bay.
The Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area was declared a protected area by Gazette Notice (August 27, 2007) under Section 34(2) of the Physical Planning and Development Act (No. 29 of 2001), which provides for the protection of natural areas.
This consultation is one component of the project “Strengthening of the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area along the South-East Coast of Saint Lucia” being implemented by the Saint Lucia National Trust in collaboration with the Fisheries Division within the Ministry of Agriculture.
The project is funded under the Eastern Caribbean Marine Management Areas Network (ECMMAN) small grants programme and also part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI).
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
Please contact Mr. Craig Henry at 454-5014 or 723-8087, or email: [email protected] for further information.