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Environmentalists Call For Greater Community Involvement In Conservation Of The Environment – ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation
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Environmentalists Call For Greater Community Involvement In Conservation Of The Environment – ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation

Basseterre (St. Kitts), January 27, 2021 (SKNIS).The survival of all living creatures is dependent on the preservation of the ecosystem. Both government and non-government agencies continue to promote environmental conservation in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis as a key component of national development.

SKNISs Working For You gathered to discuss the importance and benefits of environmental sustainability during the January 26, 2022 edition. Ms. Lynelle Bonneaparte, Environmental Conservation Officer at the Department of Environment, spoke out about the importance of community involvement with environmental conservation.

I spoke at our recent sustainability workshop about a co-management strategy that has been successful in Tobago. Co-management is where the government and the community work together. But the community must see it as a benefit to them. Tobago has the Argyle waterfall. While the government would have built the entire structure, the community does the tours, crafts, and other activities. Imagine a member of the community working in the Waterfall and earning income. They wouldn’t allow illegal dumping as it would affect their income. Ms. Bonaparte said that she believes a similar approach in St. Kitts & Nevis is possible. It involves helping community members see the value of the resource in their community and to take action to protect it.

The Department of Environment worked with the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Tourism to raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation in St. Kitts & Nevis.

The UNESCO Man and The Biosphere Project (MAB) has been successful in implementing strategies to preserve the Federation’s local ecosystem and endangered species. Ms. Telca Wallace, the MAB Project Coordinator, spoke out about the importance of community involvement in conservation and environmental protection.

We are following this approach in Cayon river Ghaut. Eventually, people from the community can take tours. The Cayon river is more than a waterway. It has springs in various areas. We are testing the spring water to determine if it is safe to drink. A tour up the Cayon will allow visitors to learn about the island’s culture and cuisine. We want to create jobs for people and entrepreneurship is one of our top priorities. The Cayon waterway has the potential of creating a lot of employment.

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is committed to protecting the environment, but Budget 2022 has been set aside to bring about significant changes to the ecotourism sector.

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