Promoting Biodiversity : First Saint Lucia Mango Festival 2018 to be Held on August 31st !

Promoting Biodiversity : First Saint Lucia Mango Festival 2018 to be Held on August 31st !

OECS Media Release

The first Saint Lucia Mango Festival will take place on August 31st, 2018. Members of the public and journalists are invited to the event held at the Constitution Park in Castries from 10 AM to 6 PM. 

The impacts of climate change on the region have been far reaching and often devastating. In the light of this, land erosion was earmarked as a priority area to be addressed by Small Island Developing States.

Given the high soil stabilisation capacity of the mango tree, the OECS Mango Biodiversity Project promoted and supported the planting of mango trees as a solution to land erosion in participating OECS Member States. In Saint Lucia alone, an estimated 6,000 mango trees have been planted since the start of the project.

The OECS Mango Biodiversity Project forms part of a larger endeavour, namely, the iLand Resilience Global Climate Change Alliance (iLand Resilience GCCA). This initiative addresses climate change issues in the OECS Member States through Sustainable Land Management (SLM).

The Saint Lucia Mango Festival will mark the end of the OECS Mango Biodiversity Project and will bring together official representatives of Ministries, artisans, chefs and other professionals within the Agricultural Sector and the food industry. Participants will have a unique opportunity to understand the value of mangos as a “super fruit” - a term often used by nutritionists, given the rich nutritional value of the fruit.

The launch of a new cook book showcasing multiple mango recipes from local chefs will also be held at the event. 

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OECS Communications Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Nicole La Force-Haynes Environmental Education Officer in the Department of Forestry, Government of Saint Lucia
Tanya Wright Procurement Officer of the OECS/GCCA iLAND Resilience Project, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
OECS Communications Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Nicole La Force-Haynes Environmental Education Officer in the Department of Forestry, Government of Saint Lucia
Tanya Wright Procurement Officer of the OECS/GCCA iLAND Resilience Project, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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