Published on : Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Since its integration in 2016, the Saint Lucia National Conservation Fund (SLUNCF) is all geared up creating a network of organizations committed in building capacity, promoting conservation, and heartening restoration of culturally-important and biologically-significant ecosystems and species. As a whole, all of their work will help Saint Lucia and Travel and Tourism in the long run.
The SLUNCF sent representatives to take part in an annual assembly of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) that occurred on June 15 till 20, 2019 in St. John’s Antigua. SLUNCF is the national partner of the CBF and is the pride and joy of the Sustainable Financing Goal of CCI.
Chairman Noorani Azeez represented SLUNCF at the assembly (also CEO of the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association), Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vasantha Chase, and Director Sarita Peter. They, along with other representatives and observers from similar Trust Funds across the region, took part in this crucial meeting.
Those in attendance assembled to evaluate their accomplishments in meeting the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) goal of conserving and managing at least 20% of the marine and coastal environment by 2020 and to find out strategies for establishing sustainable financing to manage these environments.
“Catalyzing and supporting conservation, restoration and effective management of Saint Lucia’s biodiversity and natural resources are the core mission of the SLUNCF and collaboration with various national and international actors is critical to sustainably accomplishing this mission,” said SLUNCF Chairman Noorani Azeez.
Mr. Azeez took to the Chairmanship of the SLUNCF a few months ago after the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association’s Tourism Enhancement Fund (SLHTA/TEF) committed over half a million dollars towards the conservation efforts of the SLUNCF over the next 2 years.