On March 11, 2015, the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States and the Saint Lucia National Trust held a consultation meeting in the framework of the “Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean Project” at the National Skills Development Centre in Vieux Fort. The event was opened by Mr. Augustine Dominque, Protected Areas Manager of the Ministry of Sustainable Development Energy Science and Technology and counted with the participation of representatives from different government agencies and NGOs. Different key topics were covered during the seminar including coastal sustainability, vulnerability reduction for coastal infrastructure, energy efficiency and waste management.
The Saint Lucia National Trust is the recipient of one of 10 small grants awarded by the DSD with the support of the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS under Phase II of its Sustainable Communities Initiative. The project titled “Managing risks to the coastal communities of Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia and the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area from natural hazards in the coastal zone and vulnerability to climate change” seeks to improve the sustainability of Vieux Fort’s coastal communities, coastal resources (including Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area, SEPA) local livelihoods, human health and nationally-significant economic infrastructure in the south of Saint Lucia.
See event agenda, here.