Trust Pioneers Lecture 2015

“I just want to express heartfelt gratitude for the occasion of Dr. Honychurch’s lecture. It was indeed a very sapid presentation, enough to capture the undivided interest of my 11 year old, who saw it fitting to take pertinent notes. The lecture and subsequent discussion left me personally with a piqued interest in engaging the Trust in continued conservation effort”.

These sentiments were expressed by a member who attended the second annual Trust Pioneers Lecture on September 24, 2015. Held as part of activities to commemorate the organization’s 40th anniversary, the event brought together H. E. Dame Pearlette Louisy, representatives from various organizations, foreign ambassadors, the media, SLNT Councilors, members and staff, members of the public as well as the evening’s honoree, Sir Julian Hunte.

Annual General Meeting 2015

Morne Pavillon Nature Reserve Hike

The hike to Morne Pavillon Nature Reserve was held on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The area is a designated 18-acre site with a rich military history background and a nature reserve for wildlife and endangered plants. Twenty-nine (29) members assembled at the bus stop opposite the Gros Islet Police Station to begin the exciting journey. Before the walk commenced a moment of silence was observed for two members who recently passed away; Maria Grech and Geoffrey Jennings Clark.

On arrival to the site a brief history of the area was given by SLNT Programme Assistant – Membership, Melissa Mc. Lauren with the assistance of Mr. Bishnu Tulsie, the Director. Afterwards the participants proceeded to tour the site and was given a short botanical lecture by fellow member, Mr. Roger Graveson at the summit. To top off the experience, a most delectable Creole breakfast was served to participants at the end of the hike. Do enjoy these photos and we hope you will join us on our next expedition!

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This is Who We Are

Campaign Brief

The Trust is an implementing partner (along with the Fisheries Department of the Government of Saint Lucia) in a national campaign dubbed ‘This is Who We Are’. The campaign was launched in April this year and terminates in October, and is intended to enhance people’s understanding and appreciation for the value of the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) and other Marine Managed Areas. Campaign targets include clarifying the rationale for designating marine managed areas; improving public understanding of the interconnections between marine and terrestrial eco-systems and changing attitudes and behaviours for a more positive impact on marine ecosystems and other protected areas.

This campaign is part of a regional initiative being implemented in six other member states of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) with similar objectives. The initiative is being undertaken under the scope of the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) Project under its “Communicating for Conservation” programme coordinated by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Tribute to Maria Grech

​Maria Patricia Grech was born in Portsmouth, England in 1936 and migrated to Saint Lucia with her husband and son in the early sixties. Her involvement with the Saint Lucia National Trust dates back to the early eighties when she joined the Trust as a Life member. Subsequently, she was elected to Council, a position she retained until 1996 when she opted not to seek re-election.

Tribute to Geoffrey Jennings Clark

SLNT Anniversary Message from Dr. Edsel Edmunds




Dr. Edsel Edmunds, OBE *

As a founding member of The Saint Lucia National Trust, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate our organization for its contribution to the protection of Fair Helen’s patrimony for forty years.

Our people should be aware that among the principal objectives of the Trust are:

to advocate and promote the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the country in the terrestrial, marine, subterranean and submarine environment; to encourage research on cultural and natural resources of the country; to identify and document prehistoric, historic, archaeological and traditional objects, buildings, monuments and places of natural beauty including flora and fauna; to establish museums; to act in an advisory capacity to the Government of Saint Lucia; to build self-esteem and a love of country through the appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of Saint Lucia.

These are a few all-embracing, powerful and demanding mandates of the Trust established in 1975 with the assent of the then Governor of Saint Lucia Sir Allen Lewis with powers in keeping with Section 5 of Act No 16.

Whereas we must congratulate the past and present managers of the Trust, our Government (past and present) and members for keeping alive the objectives of the Trust we must ask ourselves, is the Trust receiving the support and funding to accomplish its Herculean objectives.

In the course of my recent visit to Saint Lucia, it became clear to me that there is the need for far greater support and involvement from all sectors of our community to fulfill its noble objectives as well as the necessary financial underpinnings to accomplish them. Founding members were clear in the formulation of these objectives, but for various reasons, we have fallen short in fulfilling some very important projections. The future plans up to 2020 are very well expressed by the present management of the Trust but without additional support and funding from government agencies, businesses and local communities we will continue to fall short in the achievement of our mandates.

Having examined our well defined needs, we should accelerate efforts in our approach to international agencies and friendly governments with welldefined proposals in keeping with our mutual interests. For example, there are agencies with a specific mandate to assist countries in the establishment of museums and the preservation of historical sites. There is an example of a Caribbean country which, in addition to establishing a central museum has established museums in different districts of that country with some funding from friendly supporters.

There is also a need for a vigorous research component to further define and uncover the yet unknown facets, realities and challenges facing the execution of the objectives of Trust for, one of its stated objectives is “to encourage research on cultural and national resources of the country.” There is therefore a role for enquiring minds and graduate studies in this arena. Further, the Trust must be the custodian of our national artifacts and arrangements put in place for the preservation of such objects in their rightful place. This can be achieved through appropriate initiatives and interventions as has been achieved in other countries.

We need to support the 2010-2020 vision/plans of the Trust firstly through local commitment while we explore targeted and directed external involvement and funding.

I congratulate the Trust for significant actions in the achievement of our general aims and objectives and wish our management further success in facing the challenges related to the execution of our obligations.

* Former: Senior Research Fellow, University of the West Indies;

Senator, Government of Saint Lucia; Ambassador of Saint Lucia to the UN,

OAS, and US; and Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Patron and Founding member, National Research and Development


Conserving Marine Resources

“This is Who We Are” Campaign

Marine areas, particularly coastal marine areas provide crucial ecosystem services to, especially, small island developing states (SIDS). Marine areas are important sources of food for human beings but also for birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. These areas also help protect our coastline from rough waves and subsequent beach erosion, stabilize coastal climates and provide the right environment for the reproduction of a wide range of species, most notably coastal birds, marine turtles, iguanas, many frogs, insects, and many fish and non-fish species including dolphins, porpoises, sea urchins, lobsters, crabs, sea grasses and corals.

Our History

Join us for “Our History” on Choice TV (channel 39 on Lime, 50 on Flow and 6 on Spectra). The programme will be aired on Sundays at 11:25 a.m. and 6:55 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:25 p.m. “Our History” is a five minute production of the Saint Lucia National Trust and it delves into the interesting history of various sites. So tune in to find out which site we will explore next!

Marine Managed Areas

“This is Who We Are” Campaign

During the months of July through to October the Saint Lucia National Trust and the Department of Fisheries, in collaboration with PCI Media Impact, and with support of The Nature Conservancy through its ECMMAN (Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network) Project will be running a campaign to promote the conservation and management of marine areas. The campaign is centred on the understanding that marine natural resources are important to the lives of a wide range of persons and so must be conserved.

Newsletter April to June 2015

Whiptail Survey &Training

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in collaboration with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (Durrell) and the Forestry Department conducted a Whiptail lizard Training and Survey during the last two weeks of April into the first week of May, 2015. The training was done by Saphira Hunt of SLNT, Matthew Morton of Durrell and Stephen Lesmond of Forestry Department. The aim of the survey was to establish a population estimate of Whiptail Lizards on Maria Major which was led by Ms. Hunt who utilized a Capture, Mark and Recapture method to conduct the survey. Each whiptail has individual patterns of white dots along their flank and so the left flank was focused on and photographed for marking. These photographs were then used in a software called Wild ID which recognizes individual patterns on animals.

Earth Day 2015 - It’s Our Turn to Lead

Earth Day 2015

“It’s Our Turn to Lead”

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) staged three events in observance of International Earth Day 2015 under the theme “It’s Our Turn to Lead”. Sòlèy Kouché was held on April 22nd at the Pigeon Island National Landmark (PINL) and in Soufriere while a beach cleanup was undertaken on April 25th within the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area in Vieux Fort.

Sòlèy Kouché at Pigeon Island National Landmark

Over 100 patrons gathered at PINL for the observance. The theme was skillfully depicted through poetry, song and dance as well as with speeches by the Chairman of the Saint Lucia National Trust, Dr. Vasantha Chase; Ms. Tecla Fontenard, Communications Specialist in the Social and Sustainable Development Division of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Commission and the Minister with responsibility for Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Senator the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher. The event, which was held on the Saddle, the area between the Fort
Rodney and Signal Peak provided the perfect ambience to view the sun set ‘sòlèy kouché’.

Present were the Governor General of Saint Lucia and Patron of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, government officials, Councilors, Members and staff of the Trust, Ms. Earth Saint Lucia – Francillia Austin, representatives of the Babonneau Youth Synergy among other guests.

You may access the speeches, collages and an article on our Earth Day events at the links below.

Increased seismic activity at Kick Em Jenny

Following increased seismic activity associated with Kick-em-Jenny, the information below on how to respond was shared by UNDP. Please take note and be guided accordingly. You are encouraged to share this information with others.

Member Meeting & Activity – South

Southern Members met on Saturday, July 4th on the lawns of the Maria Islands Interpretation Centre to receive updates on various Trust projects particularly those being undertaken in the South. A few participants also went to Mankote Mangrove to observe the die back of this important ecosystem and learn about what must be done to remedy the situation overtime.

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Seaweed Extraction Exercise

A Seaweed Extraction Exercise to culminate World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) which is observed worldwide on June 17th annually was held on Friday, June 26, 2015. The focus this year was “attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems”. This year’s slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soil’, calls for a change in our land use practices through smart agriculture and adaptation to changing climate, especially in the dry fragile parts of the world where food shortages are becoming more and more severe.

To this end, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) partnered with lead agency, the Forest and Lands Resources Development Department, on the Seaweed Extraction Exercise. The event which was carried out at Sandy Beach in Vieux Fort was a success as 35 volunteers comprising SLNT staff and members, the Forestry Department, Fisheries Department, the Caribbean Youth Environment Forum and Vieux Fort residents amassed about 300 bags of Sargassum seaweeds for farmers who will use it as compost.

Promoting Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency

The Saint Lucia National Trust conducted a one-day workshop on Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency (CEEE) in the South on Thursday, June 18th at the conference room of the Vieux Fort Fisheries Complex. The main objective of the workshop was to provide participants with useful information on CEEE in Saint Lucia and give practical guidance as potential consumers of CEEE technologies including lighting systems, appliances, building construction material and design

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Saint Lucia Speaks Up on Climate Change Issues


Saint Lucia Spoke Loud & Clear on Climate and Energy Issues

77.14% of the participants believe that the outcomes of the United Nations (UN) climate negotiations since 1992 has not done enough to tackle climate change, while 93.24% of the participants stated that Saint Lucia should take measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions even if many other countries do not. Those were some of the opinions emanating from the World Wide Views (WWViews) on Climate and Energy consultation held on June 6, 2015. Although over a little more than 100 participants registered to take part in the exercise, the 74 that actually attended had a day filled with learning, meaningful deliberations and entertainment.

Reducing Threats to Coastal Areas


Reducing Threats to Coastal Areas at Sandy Beach

The Saint Lucia National Trust has begun the process of de-silting a major storm drain in Vieux Fort near Sandy Beach. This is in an effort to reduce threats to the coastline line within the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA). The storm drain, which runs diagonally from the airport fence to the Sandy Beach shore line, had been clogged for many years. This activity will restore functionality to this infrastructure which is one of many serving as excess water relief points in the area. Most of the extracted sand will be used to replenish sand dunes which suffered damage as a result of the Christmas Eve trough in 2013. This initiative is one component of the project “Building Sustainability of the Coastal Communities of Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia and the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA)” being implemented by the Trust, with funding support by the United States Government through the Organization of American States (OAS) under the ‘Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean Project - Phase II’. The major objective of the project is to promote sustainability in all areas of community life within cities and other urban areas.

Tribute to The Honourable Dr. Sir Dunstan St. Omer

Tribute to The Honourable Dr. Sir Dunstan St. Omer

Like the invaluable historic ruins of Saint Lucia, the Saint Lucia National Trust will promote and preserve the legacy of one of the Island’s great. The Honourable Dr. Sir Dunstan St. Omer has rightfully and respectfully earned his place in the history of Saint Lucia through not only his sterling contribution to Art but as an exemplary citizen, teacher, and role model.

Newsletter January to March 2015

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.

This transformative and ambitious project is estimated at US$7.5million (EC$20.2 million). This includes land acquisition, construction costs, fitting and furnishing the museum, theatre and café, and physical enhancements to

the community. So far, The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has pledged US $2.8 million towards the project. While the Government of Saint Lucia will meet the cost of the land acquisition, estimated at US$750,000 (EC$2 million), leaving a funding gap of US$3.91 million (EC$16.6 million). Considering this, the primary objective of the event was to formally introduce the project to Corporate Saint Lucia, and the general public viewing the live broadcast.

A Volunteer’s View of St Lucia

Reflections on Volunteering

in Saint Lucia

27 January to 24 March 2015

It was cold outside. Sunday morning and there was at least ten inches of snow covering my driveway so there was no hope of driving anywhere today!! The weather forecast was for more snow, a biting northerly wind and the temperature dropping to minus 2 by midday. The Sunday Times had been delivered for the marks of the paper boy cutting a lone channel through the snow were the only signs that there was life beyond my front door.

The Pathway to and from Somoa

The Pathway to and from Samoa

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Saint Lucia have generally been aware of the ongoing international processes to craft a global sustainable development agenda for the coming decades. Whereas there has been some limited local CSO involvement on those processes, they have not had an opportunity to collectively share their thoughts on their priorities for inclusion in the global development agenda. In particular, Saint Lucia’s CSOs considered the outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS 3) in Samoa in September 2014 to be of particular importance to the local context, and wanted an opportunity to input their thoughts to that process.

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

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

Cruise Ship Passengers Wedding

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

yef 2013 collage
yef 2013 collage

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


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