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13 53 N, 60 68 W -- Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago Embassy of Saint Lucia 3216 New Mexico Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20016 Telephone: (202) 364-6792/93/94/95 Fax: (202) 364-6723

Embassy / Chancery in U.S.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment 5th Floor, Block A Agencies responsible for NIS Building biological inventory and Waterfront, Castries conservation St. Lucia Tel: (758)451-8746 Fax: (758)453-6314 Non-governmental organizations concerned with conservation St Lucia National Trust: The Trust has the authority to make laws to regulate all activities within these areas to protect the resources, preserve order and prevent nuisances St Lucia Naturalists' Society, whose primary area of activity is environmental education, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust which has supported the establishment of the St Lucia Parrot Sanctuary, amongst other initiatives. Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA) dedicated to promoting policies and practices which contribute to conservation, protection and wise use of natural and cultural resources. The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute Soufriere Foundation (1994) protect the coral reefs of St. Lucia and promote sustainable development for the islands local communities. Coral reef conservation activitie s include monitoring of coral

reefs and water quality Source Source Perhaps the most important natural resource of St. Lucia is its beauty, as tourism becomes more important to the economy in the midst of rising environmental concerns. St. Lucia is lucky to have white, sandy Major Natural Resources beaches and beautiful coral reefs. St. Lucia also has a rain forest providing a rich habitat for species endemic to the island. The natural resource most important to the economy at present is the banana

industry. Other resources are pumice and mineral springs. Big on conservation. They are doing a great job. One of the biggest issues on the island is the inadequate solid and liquied waste management system, especially in the lesser-developed interior of the island. The exterior of the island, developed by the tourist industry faces other evnironmental problems such as habitat Major Environmental and loss and coastal pollution. Plus, the coral reefs have been silted up by coastal construction, to some Conservation Issues degree in certain locations.There is an increasing amount of industrial and agricultural acitivity on the island as well, leading to problems such as soil erosion. Deforestation is also an issue although the island does have a good preservation system. Statistics Information Sources Land area 620 Sq. km Source Area of forest (967,169 ha) Source Area of wetlands (6831 ha) Source Area of territorial waters 16Sq. km Population 152,335 Source Population Density ( 230 /Sq. km) Area protected (ha) (only 130,343 ha areas >1000ha) at all For extensive information please IUCN levels click here Fraction of land area 6.5% protected (%) Major Protected Areas National Rain Forest Reserve 19,000 acres See also Mammals Birds Reptiles Amphibians Fish Invertebrates Plants Source Source

Endemic Species

There are several endemic reptile species including St Lucia tree lizard, pygmy gecko, Maria Island ground lizard and Maria Island grass snake Source

Endangered, Threatened and Vulnerable Species

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Species listed on CITES Appendix I

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Species listed on CITES Appendix II Legislation

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Laws protecting endangered or threatened species

Wildlife Protection Act No. 9 (1980) Provides for the protection of wildlife, the establishment of wildlife reserves, and effecting St Lucia's accession to the CITES treaty. National Trust Act No. 16, 1975 provides for a statutory trust to promote, conserve, and manage land and marine areas of special natural (or historic)interest to protect the wildlife which they support The Fisheries Act No. 10, 1984 provides for the creation of marine reserves andfisheries priority areas The Forest, Soil and Water Conservation Ordinance Cap. 25, 1946, as amended (1957 and 1983), contains provisions governing the declaration of forest reserves and protected forests on private land Saint Lucia National Trust Act (1975) Preservation of beauty or natural or historic interest, including the flora and fauna found therein. Forest, Soil and Water Conservation Act (1983) Contains provisions governing the declaration of forest reserves and protected forests (on private land)

Source Laws protecting endangered ecosystems The Beach Protection Act No. 2, 1967, as amended No. 9, 1984, deals with sandremoval and other issues affecting beaches, while the Parks and Beaches Commission Act, 1983 provides for the control, maintenance and development of public parks, gardens and beaches The Parks and Beaches Commission (1983) manages tourist beaches and regulates beach vendors. It has an advisory role over certain uses in the coastal zone, including the removal of coral and on any matters related to protection of the sea-coast from erosion (OECS, 1986)

Signatory to CITES Signatory to Ramsar Wetlands Convention Signatory to Convention on Biological Diversity Signatory to Migratory Bird Treaty

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Member of International Whaling Commission Signatory to other international treaties designed to protect or manage biological resources Natural Resource Use Fisheries Forestry Ecotourism

Yes Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean region: concerning specially protected areas for wildlife Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection Information Sources Source

347 million Please click here Currently being developed. However, much of the current tourism revolves around the natural environement. $200 million


Trade in wildlife products Hunting Other uses of natural 74.5 million in revenues from bananas Source resources Human Impacts on Natural Resources Information Sources Air pollution Changes in the coral reef system surrounding the island Water pollution include fewer/smaller fish, bleaching and an increase in Source seaweed. Development activities Introduced species Legislation addressing The coastal zones have been divided into areas for tourists, Source these issues fisherman, and nature reserves. Restoration and Reintroduction Information Sources Programs for restoration of damaged habitat "The national bird is the colorful St Lucian parrot (Amazona Programs for ex situ versicolor), which can be seen in the dense rain forest around conservation (captive Quillesse and Barre de lIsle. A successful conservation breeding and Source programme established in 1978 probably saved the species reintroduction) of from extinction and allowed numbers to rise from 150 birds in endangered species 1978 to over 400 by 1994."

Return to Endangered Species Protection around the World Page compiled by Christy Egbert as part of a class project in h90 "The Science of Biodiversity and Conservation" (Peter J. Bryant, Instructor), University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA