Saint Lucia celebrates World Forest Day

Castries, Saint Lucia, March 18, 2016 – Saint Lucia has quite a lot to celebrate this year for the observance of World Forest Day (WFD) or International Day of Forests.

WFD is celebrated globally every year on March 21st. This observance provides a platform to highlight the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the earth. Moreover, on this day we are also able to demonstrate the vital role forests play in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security

In Saint Lucia, to observe WFD the Forest and Land Resource Department will officially launch its completed 10- year National Forest Strategic Plan (2015-2025).

Chief Forest Officer Mr. Adams Toussaint says this detailed plan of action for management of the country`s forest for the next decade, promotes a healthy natural environment for a healthy and productive nation; this being the vision of the Forestry Department.

He further stated that the mission is “to foster collaboration and partnership for the preservation and sustainable use of forests, nature and the benefits they provide”.

It is important to note that the forests shelter, nurture and inspire and provide livelihoods, medicine, fuel and food for 1.6 billion people who depend on the forests worldwide.

This year Saint Lucia also celebrates the 100th anniversary since the establishment of the Castries Water Works Reserve (1916-2016).

The reserve was established for the protection of key watershed areas for providing water to the Castries and part of the Dennery environs.

The official launch of the National Forest Strategic Plan and the 100 year anniversary celebration of the Water Works -Forest Reserve takes place on Tuesday March 22, 2016 from 2pm at the Rain Forest Sky Rides in Chassin.

The Forest and Land Resources Department and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology would like to encourage all citizens to play their part in maintaining healthy forests for a healthier nation.