Earth Day 2015

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is gearing up to celebrate International Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in three locations. The theme, “It’s Our Turn to Lead” focuses on the need for all citizens to air their concerns about the necessary measures to be taken individually and collectively to address the impacts of climate change. It is a call to the authorities to finally agree on a binding international treaty for climate change mitigation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015.

Strengthening our Advocacy on Access Rights

Twenty-four representatives of various Civil Society Organizations (CSO) agreed that Saint Lucia should sign on to the Latin American and Caribbean Declaration on the Application of Principle 10 (LAC P10). This consensus was made at an “Access Rights Consultation” organized by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, Marisule. The objectives of the meeting were to raise the level of awareness about Access Rights and the LAC P10 process; ascertain the views of CSOs on whether it would be beneficial for Saint Lucia to sign on to LAC P10; and create a strategy to strengthen our collective advocacy on the issue. The meeting was held under the theme “You have the right to information, participation and justice regarding environmental matters”.

Walcott Place Project Corporate Launch

Almost two hundred people gathered at the Pigeon Island National Landmark on Saturday, January 24, 2015 for the Corporate Launch of the Walcott Place Project. The project, which seeks to convert the childhood home of Derek and Roderick Walcott and adjoining properties into a museum, a space for art and writing workshops and a theatre, is being championed by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in collaboration with the Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal.

Walcott Place Project Sod Turning

The intersection of Chaussée Road and Grass Street came alive at the Sod Turning Ceremony for the Walcott Place Project on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The event, was graced by Honourable Derek Walcott, his family and close friends. Also present were Governor General of Saint Lucia and Patron of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Taiwanese Ambassador James Chi-ping Chang, Minister of Physical Development Housing and Urban Renewal - Senator Honourable Stanley Felix, Parliamentary Representative for Castries Central – Honourable Richard Frederick, officials from the various Ministries involved in the Walcott Place Project, residents from Chaussée Road and environs, representatives of the Grass Street Development Association, SLNT Councilors, Members and staff, renowned individuals from the Arts society and the media.

Walcott Place

Introduction to the Walcott Place

Our house with its bougainvillea trellises, the front porch gone, was a printery. In its noise I was led up the cramped stair to its offices. I saw the small window near which we slept as boys, how close the roof was. The heat of the galvanize. A desk in my mother’s room, not that bed, sunlit, with its rose quilt where we were forbidden to sit.”

From Omeros

“I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style.”

Derek Walcott

The creation of Walcott Place is ambitious; it is grand; and it is long overdue. Walcott Place proposes to create a physical space to celebrate Roderick and Derek Walcott’s achievements, and to be a source of inspiration and education. It shall be the focal point for our acknowledgement of the enormity of their contribution to the arts. The Walcott Place project will restore the Walcotts’ childhood home located on Chaussee Road in Castries, and convert it, along with adjoining spaces acquired by the Government of Saint Lucia, into a museum of the brothers’ works, with studio space for art and writing workshops and a theatre. Moreover the project will lead a renaissance in the Chaussee Road-Grass Street area through the creation of economic opportunities associated with Walcott Place.

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Target: Approximately EC$8.05 million (US$3.01 million) is required to meet the total funding requirements of the project.

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Newsletter October to December 2014

National Trust Forges Ahead

Only standing room remained as approximately one hundred and sixty (160) members and 11 staff members gathered for the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Bougainvillea Conference Room, Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay. The attendance was a vast improvement over the last AGM which recorded only 63 members and 16 staff. Governor General of Saint Lucia and Patron of the SLNT, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy said “I’m practically pleased with the turn out for the meeting this year after lamenting about the level of attendance last year”.

Chairperson’s AGM Report 2014

It gives me great pleasure to present this report on the work of the 38th Council of the Saint Lucia National Trust, which I had the honour to chair. Ever since our election at the last AGM on November 16 2013, Council functioned as a team to advance the organisation’s work within constraints which became all too clear from our first meeting. The first challenge we faced related to the deficit of $690,100.00 in the 2014/15 budget staff presented for approval. Council appreciated the intention of staff to become more aggressive in pursuing grant funding but was cautious about the proposal to draw down on reserve funds. We therefore engaged staff in a prioritization exercise and were able to reduce the deficit to $427,000.00. We have also instructed staff to present monthly financial performance reports to enable Council to monitor implementation of the work programme and financial flows more closely. I am happy to report that we are on track in both of these areas.

Newsletter July to September 2014


Some of the significant transformative projects on the horizon mentioned were the Pigeon Island redevelopment, the listing of buildings of historic significance, and a mandate by the Government to create a place to celebrate the life and works of the Walcott brothers, using their childhood home at lower Chaussee Road as the focal point for this initiative. Dr. Chase also acknowledged the support the Trust has, and continues to receive from a wide and growing range of persons and expertise, and in particular, the support of Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy who heads the Walcott Place planning committee.

Chairperson’s Address on the observance of 39th Anniversary

Grass Street Urged to take Ownership of the Walcott Place Project

It was an atmosphere of great expectation as residents of Grass Street and environs gathered on the Grass Street basketball court for a meeting to further discuss the Walcott Place Project. This transformational project being headed by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) has numerous partners who displayed their commitment by attending the meeting. Agencies present were the Cultural Development Foundation, Ministry of Social Transformation, Ministry of Physical Development, St. Lucia Social Development Fund, St. Lucia Workers Credit Union and Royal St. Lucia Police Force.

Moving Towards Greater Transparency & Participation in Environmental Matters


15 Governments of Latin America and the Caribbean met in San José, Costa Rica on September 10 and 11, at the Seventh Meeting of the Working Groups of the Declaration of Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), where they agreed on the minimum contents for a regional instrument incorporating fundamental rights; the right to life and a healthy environment, and to establish a set of obligations for governments in the delivery of information, mechanisms for participation and effective access to justice.

Register Now: Youth for Conservation Retreat 2014

The Saint Lucia National Trust’s second annual Youth for Conservation Retreat is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The event, which primarily targets members of the various youth groups of the Trust will be held under the World Heritage Day 2014 theme “Heritage of Commemoration” and will feature a phenomenal and captivating presentation dubbed “Our unique Caribbean Heritage: Preservation for our Souls, our Children, the World and our very survival” by Senator Henry Fraser of the Barbados National Trust.

OECS - ECMMAN Sustainable Livelihoods Funding Opportunity

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Eastern Caribbean Marine Management Areas Network (ECMMAN) announce calls for proposals under the Livelihood Support Facility (LSF) programme which is aimed at assisting coastal communities to ‘undertake actions in support of sustainable livelihoods programmes and enterprises. Priority will given to livelihood activities that will impact positively on the Point Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA)’. Deadline date for all relevant application documents is 22nd September, 2014.

YEF 2014: The week that was!

Ninety-nine (99) youngsters ages 7 to 18 gathered at the historical Pigeon Island National Landmark on Thursday, July 31, 2014 for the closing ceremony of the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) 6th annual Youth Environment Forum (YEF). The students spent the week, starting from Friday, July 25th immersing themselves in the natural, built and cultural heritage of Saint Lucia. This was made possible through interesting presentations on the theme “The Heritage of Commemoration” which was taken from the 2014 World Heritage Day theme.

Saint Lucia Civil Society Views on Sustainable Development

Saint Lucia Civil Society Views on Sustainable Development for submission to SIDS 3 International Conference, September 2014, Samoa

There are intense negotiations at the international level to set a global development agenda for the 2015-30 period. The Rio + 20 conference in Brazil in 2012 produced The Future we Want which is serving as the platform on which the United Nations
is developing and will approve in September 2015, the Post 2015 Development Agenda. At the same time, Small Island Developing States are negotiating the Barbados +20 agenda for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing
states, which they will approve in September this year in Samoa.

Newsletter April to June 2014

The Saint Lucia Racer: A small creature with big plans and a promising future

The Saint Lucia Racer is truly a unique natural heritage because among other reasons, it is one of four endemic snakes found on the island. The Saint Lucia Racer is also known as the Liophis ornatus and is scientifically referred to as the Erythrolamprus ornatus. In recent times, it assumed the title of the ‘World’s Known Rarest Snake’ and has since been in the spotlight internationally, captivating the minds of conservationists worldwide. In 1936 the racer was considered extinct, but thanks to our nature reserve Maria Major, a racer was able to survive and was re-discovered in 1973. The Saint Lucia racer is currently classified as an endangered species on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Unauthorized access to Maria Island

June 24, 2014

Press Release

Unauthorized Access to Maria Islands

The Saint Lucia National Trust is seeking the Public’s assistance and cooperation in ensuring that the Maria Islands Nature Reserve remain a national treasure that all citizens could enjoy and be proud of for a long time to come. These islands have been vested in the Trust to protect their rich biodiversity and to oversee a regime that facilitates managed access to this Wildlife Reserve. This means that visits to the islands are coordinated by the Trust. Due to strict bio-security controls which are in effect, anyone wishing to visit should first contact the Trust to be screened to ensure that no alien species are accidentally introduced onto the islets.

Unfortunately, there have been incidents where people have anchored near or ventured unto the islands without first seeking the approval of the Trust. These unsanctioned visits pose a threat as the Trust cannot guarantee that the proper bio-safety protocols are being observed. If anyone is found on the islets under these circumstances, this would be deemed an illegal act and thus liable to consequences under the law. The Trust is appreciative of the public interest in the area and under the appropriate conditions, can facilitate visits to the islands, which are essential in maintaining this country’s unique biodiversity.

Please contact the Trust for further information or to report illegal access to the islet. See contact information below.

Saint Lucia National Trust

Head Office

Tel 452-5005

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Southern Office

Mr. Craig Henry

Tel. 454-5014

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National Trust Director Awarded MBE

On Saturday June 14th Buckingham Palace announced that Mr. Bishnu Tulsie, director of the Saint Lucia National Trust was included in the Queen’s 2014 birthday honours list, to be conferred with the title of Member of the British Empire.

Mr. Tulsie started his professional career as a Mathematics and Science teacher in his home country, Guyana and from 1980, in Saint Lucia. In 1990 he joined the public service as an Energy, Science and Technology Officer and was promoted to head the department in 1995. He left the public service in 2004 as the government’s Chief Sustainable Development and Environment officer. He was instrumental in setting the trajectory for the evolution of government’s environment and sustainable development portfolio and led international negotiations under several multilateral environmental agreements on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia.

In 2004 Mr. Tulsie joined the Saint Lucia National Trust as its Director. He led the development of a strategic plan for the organisation and is overseeing its active implementation. Under his stewardship the Trust has a financial stability, developed robust conservation and advocacy programmes, strengthened corporate governance and developed a culture of engaging Trust members in programming and accountability.

In addition to his substantive posts, he has worked as a consultant for the United Nations bodies, the Government of Canada, the European Commission and the Government of Saint Lucia on sustainable development and environmental projects, mainly in the field of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. He is an associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and is part of a team supporting a global network of sustainable development practitioners preparing to help countries implement the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

Mr. Tulsie has received awards from the Minister of Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme for outstanding contributions to the protection of the global environment and was recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his contribution to its award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for Climate Change.

The members, Council and staff of the Saint Lucia National Trust congratulate Mr. Tulsie for this recognition.

Youth Environment Forum 2014

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is currently planning its 6th annual Youth Environment Forum (YEF) to be held from July 25 - 31, 2014. The aim of the week-long programme is to empower youths to become advocates for environmental and heritage conservation, thereby, helping us to fulfill two of our objectives; to advocate and promote conservation and to build self-esteem and a love of the country through the appreciation of our heritage. Therefore, focusing on the World Heritage Day theme “Heritage of Commemoration” will allow us to provide the youth with greater insight into our natural heritage while introducing them to the built heritage component of the Trust.

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Newsletter January to March 2014

Exploring Pigeon Island

Thirty-three persons participated in the Pigeon Island National Landmark (PINL) Free Guided Tour on 22nd February, 2014. It was the first in a series of guided heritage tours being staged by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). The main objectives of this initiative are to engender a greater sense of pride and appreciation for our heritage and to encourage greater use of our heritage sites for a myriad of purposes including recreational, relaxation and educational. It is anticipated that the free guided tours will help participants to get a better understanding of the Trust and its conservation mandate, and the need for more persons to join in this effort.

What is your small action?

Cultural Heritage, Is it the Answer?

“We in the Caribbean must exploit our rich heritage for our souls, our children’s sake, for the world and for the huge economic potential they have”, so said Senator Henry Fraser, the key note speaker at the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) inaugural Trust Pioneers Lecture series. The event was staged as part of the Trust’s activities to mark International Day for Monuments and Sites or World Heritage Day under the distinguished auspices of the Governor General of Saint Lucia and Patron of the Trust, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy. Additionally, the first lecture was a tribute to Historian and Conservationist, the late Robert Devaux, one of the founding fathers of the Trust and its first Director, who passed away on April 16, 2013, two days prior to World Heritage Day.

Exploring Pigeon Island!

Thirty-three persons participated in the Pigeon Island National Landmark (PINL) Free Guided Tour on 22nd February, 2014. It was the first in a series of guided heritage tours being staged by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). The main objectives of this initiative are to engender a greater sense of pride and appreciation for our heritage and to encourage greater use of our heritage sites for a myriad of purposes including recreational, relaxation and educational. It is anticipated that the free guided tours will help participants to get a better understanding of the Trust and its conservation mandate, and the need for more persons to join in this effort.

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Robert Devaux to be Honoured

Gros Islet streets named after influential men

Office of Prime Minister - Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 11:58 AM

PRESS RELEASE - The Cabinet of ministers has agreed to name some roads in the vicinity of the Pigeon Island Causeway after persons who have contributed in kind or effort to the development and or preservation of areas surrounding the Pigeon Island Causeway.

The road from the Gros Islet Bridge to the Landings Hotel will be named the “Jerome Montoute Drive.” Montoute is a well-known citizen of Gros Islet. His family lands were acquired by the government to pave the way for the construction of the Rodney Bay Marina. To this day, there are issues surrounding compensation to the family but the government believes that the contribution of the Montoute family to the transformation of Gros Islet must be acknowledged.

The road from the Landings to Pigeon Island will be named after the well-known Jamaican developer and contractor, Moses Matalon. It will now be called the “Moses Matalon Causeway.” It was Matalon’s company that undertook the dredging work to pave the way for the construction of Rodney Bay and the causeway. It is not often a road is named after a Caricom national but this is a deserved honour to a national of Jamaica whose company transformed the landscape and achieved what many thought was impossible, linking Pigeon Island the mainland. Matalon loved this country dearly.

The link road between the Gros Islet Highway and the junction of the Landings Hotel will be named after famous historian, visionary and champion of the environment, Robert Devaux. The road will now be called, “Robert Devaux Drive.” According to the Cabinet of ministers, the legacy of Robert Devaux needs even greater acknowledgement, but this is one small step to honour his extraordinary contribution to Saint Lucia.

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Eco South Tours AGM Update

A New Board at the Helm of Eco South Tours

A number of critical issues were addressed at the recently held Eco South Tours Inc. Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Maria Islands Interpretation Centre in Vieux Fort. The membership raised the need for a revision of the company’s Bye Laws and a redefinition of membership roles and responsibilities. They also discussed the need to establish rules to govern the finances of Eco South Tours

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Our Heritage Radio Programme

“Our Heritage” Radio Programme

Sandy Beach After the Christmas Trough

On 24 December 2013, a severe weather trough caused the Vieux Fort River to swell and, around 7pm, break its banks in the La Tourney area. The river water flooded the runway of Hewanorra International Airport and rushed into Vieux Fort town. Low-lying areas in the Bacadere, the Mang and Bruceville flooded with 4 ft of muddy water.

From the airport runway, the river water quickly flooded the low-lying plain to the east of town, in the area of the Recreation Park. Just a few weeks before the trough, a backhoe was used to clear an area (approximately 50 meters wide) along the road, apparently in order to open up visual access to the football field. The backhoe cut down some mature trees and bush and levelled what used to be a somewhat elevated sandy area with low dunes.

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Recycling in Saint Lucia

How to recycle in St. Lucia

It’s that easy! Follow the 3 steps and you could recycle nearly everything in your place.

Step 1. Knowing who recycles your recyclable waste

Step 2. Find out the location of the nearest recycling site in your area

Step 3. Call and ask for a collection service! Or if the recycling site is near you, drop your recyclable waste at the site.

Then enjoy a clean environment with your family and friends!!

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Newsletter October to December

The Saint Lucia National Trust Awards Sir Derek Walcott

The Honourable Derek Walcott is now an Honourary Life Member of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). This title was conferred on the Nobel Laureate at the SLNT’s 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Marigot Secondary School. The members unanimously supported the resolution to grant him this title, considering that his writings bear significant contribution to the celebration of Saint Lucia’s patrimony and his consistent advocacy for heritage conservation.

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National Trust Awards Sir Derek Walcott

The Honourable Sir Derek Walcott is now an Honourary Life Member of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). This title was conferred on the Nobel Laureate at the SLNT’s 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Marigot Secondary School. The members unanimously supported the resolution to grant him this title, considering that his writings bear significant contribution to the celebration of Saint Lucia’s patrimony and his consistent advocacy for heritage conservation.

Chairperson’s AGM Report 2013

SLNT Newsletter July to September 2013

Happy 38th Anniversary to the Trust!

On September 26, 2013, the Trust celebrated its 38th Anniversary by organizing three activities. An interactive discussion on heritage conservation and the Trust’s current and future projects took centre stage on the “90 Minutes” talk show on Radio St. Lucia. The guests were Director, Bishnu Tulsie; Historian, former Chairman and Life Member of the Trust, Dr. Gregor Williams; Amanie Mathurin, President of the Southern Youth Chapter and Mr. Kemar Louisy of the Northern Youth Chapter.





SLNT Financial Statement 2012 - 2013

Saint Lucia National Trust Minutes of 36th Annual General Meeting

​The 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) was called to order at 1:13pm, with the arrival of Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia, and Patron of the SLNT. The National Anthem was sung by all present and a prayer was delivered by Mr. Andrew Lewis.

SLNT Chairman, Mr. Sylvester Clauzel, then welcomed the Governor General, all members and staff present. In his welcome remarks, he noted that a large increase in membership was recorded during the year, and the presence of members at the AGM was reminiscent of the earlier years - the 1990s, when the name of the SLNT was on the tongue of every Saint Lucian, and the impact of the work of the SLNT was not just seen, but also felt across the island

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Cruise Ship Passengers Wedding

SLNT Newsletter April to June 2013

“Don’t let our Future Dry up”

Twenty (20) students of the Monchy Combined School played their part to plant approximately 63 trees in observance of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on Monday, June 17, 2013,. The theme for WDCD 2013 is Drought and Water Scarcity, while the slogan is “Don’t let our future dry up”. According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification the slogan calls for everyone to take action to promote preparedness and resilience to water scarcity, desertification and drought. The slogan embodies the message that we are all responsible for water and land conservation, and their sustainable use, and that there are solutions to these serious natural resource challenges. Land degradation does not have to threaten our future.

Revised Membership Categories and Fees

YEF 2013 Collage

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Tribute to Our Beloved Astrid

Astrid Montoute
Astrid Montoute

Pigeon Island Scores Again

The Saint Lucia National Trust is pleased to announce that the Pigeon Island National Landmark has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for a second year running. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Trust News January to March 2013

​Water Conservation: What you can do!

Each year on March 22, the United Nations and its members join forces to express the importance of water in our lives, and to echo the need to take steps to protect and conserve water, amid critical issues affecting the supply at this time.

But we do not have to wait for that one day, one week, or one month to remember to make our contribution to water conservation, so that we and those to follow in our footsteps can enjoy the benefits of a clean and adequate supply of water.

News Archives

​Past Documents or articles which you may have missed

A Tribute to the late Robert Devaux

​The Saint Lucia National Trust is saddened by the passing of Mr. Robert J. Devaux OBE, MBE who, among his many accomplishments was a founding member of the Trust and its first Director from 1977 to 1994 and resident researcher from 1994 to 1996. After leaving the employ of the Trust he continued to support the organisation’s work as an active member, resource person, volunteer and consultant.

Happy World Heritage Day

​INTO, the international organisation of national trusts, brings together more than 60 national trusts and equivalent organisations from across the world, globally diverse but united by a shared commitment to conserving and sustaining our shared heritage – built and natural, tangible and intangible.

Tribute to a Grass-roots Conservationist

A tribute by Yves Renard to a grass-roots conservationist Magdalene ‘Magda’ Nelson who understood what sustainable use of the natural resources meant. The main resource upon which she and fellow community members in the Aupicon area in the south of Saint Lucia relied upon was the nearby Mankote Mangrove. For many years the Forestry Department and other partner organizations (ECNAMP, now CANARI, the Fisheries Department) worked with the charcoal producers such as Magda to put in place management regimes to allow for sustainable harvest of mangrove forest while protecting the integrity of the ecosystem.

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Protect the Pitons Petition Update

​At our membership meeting on March 2nd, 2013, our members mandated the Saint Lucia National Trust to open a petition to Government on the Freedom Bay Project for signature. This was done on April 5th 2013. However, at a recently concluded meeting of the Trust’s Council we were informed that Government has commissioned the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) study.

Update on the Protect the Pitons Petition

​Pursuant to your instructions provided at the general meeting held on March 2nd, 2013, the SLNT Secretariat opened the petition to Government on the Freedom Bay Project for signature on April 5th 2013. However, at a recently concluded Council meeting the Government Representatives on the Council informed us that the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) Study that the SLNT had recommended for Government to undertake had been commissioned and a consulting firm from the United Kingdom had been engaged to undertake the study.

A Caribbean Freedom of Information Network is Launched

​KINGSTON, JAMAICA – For the first time, Caribbean governments and civil society have come together to discuss access to information, public participation in governance, and access to justice at a landmark conference held in Kingston, Jamaica. Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries attended the “Regional Conference on Freedom of Information in the Caribbean: Improving Management for the Environment.”

Islands without Aliens

​Dennery Island on the road to recovery after goats removal

Saturday 1st March 2013, Dennery – The Saint Lucia National Trust, owner of Dennery Island, would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to the owners of the goats and sheep that until recently were grazing on the offshore island. During September of last year, these livestock owners cooperated fully with the National Trust and the Saint Lucia Forestry Department in a successful effort to remove all livestock from the island. This is an important milestone in efforts to recover the vegetation, and the wildlife, on Dennery Island.

Taste the World Delivers Again

​It was a day of food, fun and fine weather at the 4th annual Taste the World International Food Fair on Sunday, February 24, 2013. The Pigeon Island National Landmark was filled with close to 3000 patrons who came out to support the fund-raising event organized by the Saint Lucia National Trust.

Food lovers were in euphoria as they enjoyed mouth-watering cuisines from the Philippines, Nigeria, India, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Cuba, Guyana, France, Italy, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago and Taiwan.

Development of the Sea Bed

​Dear Members

With regards to the discussion on use of the sea bed we will be having at our membership meeting on Saturday 2nd March 2013, we have placed some documents on the subject which may be of interest to you.

You will note that whereas there are no definitive policies or laws on the use of the sea bed for development purposes, the documents below provide useful insights on how the matter is handled in the UK.


Bishnu Tulsie


Freedom Bay Development Press Release

​The Saint Lucia National Trust notes that there has been much public debate over the media regarding the proposed Freedom Bay Development. Criticisms have also been leveled against the Trust about our perceived silence on the matter. However, the Council in its wisdom decided not to make a public statement hastily until a thorough research of the issues surrounding the development was completed. These included inter alia, (a) a review and analyses of the various decisions of the World Heritage Committee, the Hyder Report of 2008, and the Environmental Impact Assessment that was completed a few years ago; and (b) discussions with senior Government representatives and the developer.

Freedom Bay Development

​I refer to the letter from our Chairman, Dr, Vasantha Chase on the above subject which we circulated to you on Thursday February 14th. As a follow up to that communication, please below documents relating to the PMA and the project.

This matter will be on the agenda of our Quarterly Membership Meeting on March 2nd, 2013. We urge you to review the documents provided and to join the Trust in advocating for responsible development within the Pitons Management Area so that its World Heritage Status, is not further threatened and the environmental and cultural resources of the area are conserved for public enjoyment

Bishnu Tulsie



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SLNT Chairman’s Letter to Members - Re: Freedom Bay Development

​February 13, 2013

Dear Members:

There has been much concern expressed by the public over the Freedom Bay Project, and rightly so. There has also been much criticism expressed of the Council and Staff of the SLNT. Nevertheless, the Council decided not to make a public statement until we had completed a thorough research of the issues surrounding the development. These included, inter alia, (a) a review and analyses of the various decisions of the World Heritage Committee, the Hyder Report of 2008, and the Environmental Impact Assessment that was completed a few years ago; and (b) discussions with the Chief Physical Planner, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, and the developer. I am glad to report that we completed this research last night.

Trust News October to December 2012

YEF: And the Winners Are…...

​The long awaited results for the Youth Environment Forum (YEF) Logo & Slogan Competition have been announced. Eight youngsters waited patiently at the awards ceremony on December 17, 2012 at the Palmville Meeting Room at Coco Resorts in Rodney Bay to find out if they were the lucky ones who were able to encapsulate the meaning of YEF in a logo and slogan.

Reclaiming our Wetlands

​Forty-five (45) strong moved in with their gloves and garbage bags ready to do battle with the debris that had defaced the wonderful wetlands at Savannes Bay. After about an hour and a half, the hard work of the volunteers yielded thirty-six (36) bags of garbage and other debris including a stove and tyres were piled onto a truck.

The Passing of a Heritage Pioneer

​The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) expresses it heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Honourable Wilfred St. Clair-Daniel, SLC, CBE. Mr. St. Clair-Daniel who was laid to rest on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 was one of the founding members of the SLNT, as he sat on the Steering Committee for the establishment of the Trust from 1971 - 1975.

Youngsters Present WWViews Results

​Four youngsters, who participated in the World Wide Views (WWViews) on Biodiversity meeting in Saint Lucia have presented the official WWViews Results Report to a few stakeholders. The presentation was held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Palmville Meeting Room at Coco Resorts in Rodney Bay. Saint Lucia was one of two countries in the Eastern Caribbean to stage the all day consultation aimed at raising the level of awareness about biodiversity issues, and involving ordinary citizens in the policy making process.

The YEF Logo/Slogan Winners Are In!

​Although school is out eight youngsters came proudly clad in their uniforms to ascertain if they secured a place in the Youth Environment Forum (YEF) Logo & Slogan Competition organized by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). The competition which was launched in March 2012 was geared at getting youngsters ages 7 to 18 to internalize the themes explored at YEF since 2009 and encapsulate the core message of the forum with an appropriate logo and slogan.

Marigot Goes Global

​Little Labas Beach in Marigot Bay joined the giant One Day on Earth project, joining people from all nations across the globe in videoing their experiences of life on 12.12.12.


The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) has been involved in this inspiring movement since it started two years ago and it was Karetta Crooks Charles, the SLNT Communications & Advocacy Officer, who suggested that Marigot might join the other Saint Lucia locations who were participating on Wednesday.

Trust News July to September 2012

Trust News is the Saint Lucia National Trust’s quarterly newsletter which seeks to inform members, partners and the general public of our many initiatives and upcoming activities. The articles therein are written by the staff, members and partners who share our mandate to conserve Fair Helen’s patrimony. We also endeavour to use Trust News as a medium to thank our many sponsors who continuously support the conservation work of the Trust. Do enjoy!

Press Release 36th Annual General Meeting

​An impressive turn out by members at the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was evident on the weekend. Approximately 128 members and 15 staff attended the AGM on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Coco Resorts Conference Room in Rodney Bay. The SLNT’s patron, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy was on hand to declare the meeting officially open.

Chairman’s Report 36th AGM

SLNT Financial Statements March 2012

Application Form

​Please download and fill in this form to apply for membership at the Saint Lucia National Trust.

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SLNT 35th AGM Minutes

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Lush fragrant flowers will be woven throughout your wedding décor to create a tropical ambiance for your special day. We recommend that you use the Gazebo for this package; however our Wedding Coordinator will work with you to select an alternative location. The complete package includes:

  • Marriage License
  • Registrar Services
  • Tropically Decorated Gazebo
  • Head table & seating for bride and groom
  • 1 Iced Cake (1 pound)
  • 1 Bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • Bouquet of fresh Tropical Flowers & Boutonnière
  • Pre-wedding Consultation
  • 30 5"x7” photos
  • Witnesses if necessary
  • Personal Wedding Coordinator

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Sunset Barefoot Wedding


Caribbean sunsets are real spectacles to behold. What better way to start off your life together than to bask in the orange and red hues of the setting sun on a private beach enclave. This wedding package is for the dreamy romantics and includes:

  • Exclusive use of beach
  • Marriage License
  • Registrar Services
  • Decorated Arch
  • Head table & seating for bride and groom
  • 1 Iced Cake (1 pound)
  • Bouquet of Fresh Tropical Flowers and matching Boutonnière
  • 30 5"x7” photos
  • Pre wedding Consultation
  • Witnesses if necessary
  • Personal Wedding Coordinator

Booking: Sunset Barefoot Wedding

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Cruise Ship Passengers Wedding


We understand that cruise ship passengers are on island for a few hours only. Let us take care of all the legal requirements and other preparations to make your special day hassle-free. This package includes:

  • One Day wedding License
  • Registrar Services
  • Tropical Arch
  • 1 Iced Cake (1 pound)
  • 2 Bottles of Sparkling Wine
  • Bouquet of fresh Tropical Flowers
  • Buttonhole
  • Head table & seating for bride and groom
  • Return transfer from Cruise Ship to Pigeon
  • Island National Landmark and back
  • 30 Digital prints on CD
  • Witnesses if necessary
  • Personal Wedding Coordinator

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Terms & Conditions for Membership

  1. Members: Any person who is interested in the aims and objective of the Trust is eligible to be a member of the Trust.
  2. Admission of Ordinary and Associate Members

    - Admission of ordinary and associate members shall be by election

    - A candidate shall sign a form of application giving all particulars required by the Trust and shall be bound by the Rules and bylaws of the Trust if required.

    - A candidate who receives the vote of the Majority of the members of Council shall be elected for membership.

  3. Proposal of Candidate: Every candidate for admission as a member shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another member and the proposers shall each vouch, from their personal knowledge, for the fitness of the candidate to be elected as a member of the Council

  4. Subscription: The annual subscription shall be such as the Council may from time to time determine. The Council may determine annual subscription of varying ratios for different categories of membership and may waive the whole or part of the annual subscription payable by any member.

  5. Date of Subscription is due: All annual subscription shall ordinarily be payable on the anniversary date of election to the membership of the Trust.

  6. Members in Arrears:

    - If any member fails to pay his/her annual subscription on or before the anniversary date of the membership, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Trust as of that date.

    - Membership can be reinstated upon payment of all arrears and on application to renew membership.

  7. Resignation of Members: Any member may resign by giving to the secretary notice in writing to that effect. Every notice shall, unless otherwise expressed, be deemed to take effect on the date of receipt of the notice.

  8. Members Adjudged Bankrupt: If any member is convicted on indictment of any criminal offence, or is adjudged bankrupt or enters into liquidation, or makes a composition or arrangement with his creditor he shall cease to be a member of the Trust but the council may, at its discretion reinstate that member.

  9. Expulsion of Members

    - If at any time the Council is of the opinion that the interest of the Trust requires it, the Council may by letter invite any member to withdraw from the Trust within a time specified by the Trust.

    - Where a member fails to withdraw from the Trust after being requested to do so, the Council shall submit the question of his expulsion to an extra ordinary general meeting to be held within six weeks after the date of the letter referred to in paragraph (1).

    - The Council shall give members not less than two weeks notice of this extra ordinary general meeting and the Secretary shall inform the defaulting member of the time and place of the meeting and of the nature of the complaints against him, so as to afford him a proper opportunity to provide an explanation.

    - The member shall be allowed to offer an explanation of his conduct verbally or in writing at the meeting and if upon hearing his explanation two thirds of the members present vote for his expulsion he shall thereupon cease to be a member of the Trust.

Population and habitat of the St lucia Whiptail Lizard on Praslin Island


Cecil Lyndon John, Forestry Department, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Castries, St. Lucia West Indies, 1999.

ABSTRACT: The St. Lucia whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus vanzoi) is an endemic saurian in the Lesser Antilles. The most recent population estimation suggests a total of 906 individuals. The whiptail has had a historically restricted range of two small offshore islands to the south of St. Lucia, Maria Major and Maria Minor. In an effort to conserve the species, a translocation of 39 individuals to Praslin Island was undertaken in 1995. Because of the proximity of the island to the mainland, the translocated population has faced several challenges from the time of establishment. My research focused on the structure of the current population including male to female and adult to juvenile ratios; gender-related biometric data; habitat use by gender and maturity; and the threat to the population posed by rats (Rattus rattus)...

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Migrant Bird Records for Saint Lucia, West Indies

Migrant birds constitute an enriching and yet transient element to St. Lucia’s biodiversity.For the fortunate few who are aware of St. Lucia’s “native” birds, the migratory birds addan interesting and somewhat mysterious element to our wildlife. Their stopoverappearances around home gardens, shorelines or water treatment ponds during theirsouthbound journeys from North America to the Caribbean and beyond has prompted theoccasional curious phone call to the Forestry Department by individuals seeking toidentify them. Far from being considered a foreign element, such migratory birds shouldbe regarded as an indigenous part of St. Lucia’s wildlife and appreciated as such. Veryfew St. Lucians are aware of the swallows, sandpipers, warblers and the wild ducks thatjourney over thousands of miles from their summer breeding range to our shores toescape the cold northern winters. Many strictly associate such birds with North Americaor Europe and yet our local names such as “canard sauvage” for the wild ducks, and thevarious “becassine” (sandpipers) seen along the beaches reflect our longstandingknowledge of these birds as part of our natural heritage…

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