Friday, February 21, 2020

SLNT concerned about the future of Maria Islands

The Saint Lucia National Trust is concerned about the future of Maria Islands in light of Phase 2 of the Desert Star Holdings: Pearl of the Caribbean Project which was launched on March 9th at Sandals Grande.

The disturbing news is that in addition to destroying the ecological, environmental, historical, archaeological and social assets enshrined in Pointe Sable, the DSH plan includes a proposal to connect Maria Major and Maria Minor and build a causeway to the main land. The Trust has been trying feverishly to obtain official project documents from the relevant authorities but to no avail. This proposed plan threatens the Maria Islands Nature Reserve, which is the home of the world’s rarest snake, the Saint Lucia Racer as well as the Saint Lucia whiptail and many other unique flora and fauna.

The Trust will be having a Membership Meeting on March 11, 2017 at the Bougainvillea Conference Room at Bay Gardens Hotel from 1 p.m. where a presentation will be made on the Ma Kotè Mangrove and the work that we have recently undertaken in the mangrove. The meeting will also discuss the proposed dolphinarium at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

It is envisaged that the Trust will hold a Membership Meeting within the next couple of weeks in Vieux Fort to discuss the implications of the Phase II DSH Plans and their impact on Saint Lucia’s patrimony. We take this opportunity to reassure our members and the general public that we will do all in our power to ensure that these priceless and fragile assets are protected for the benefit of every Saint Lucian and the future generations. We call on all Saint Lucians who genuinely care about our heritage to support us in our conservation work and to ensure that Maria Islands and the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) are not destroyed.

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