Asa Wright Nature Centre hosted a community meeting on 13th December, 2012 with representation from seven communities including Aripo, Lopinot, Blanchiessuse, Morne LaCroix and Brasso Seco, Sunshine Valley and Verdant Vale. This initial meeting was to re-energise, and continue dialogue between AWNC and our neighbouring communities, consistent with Asa Wright’s mission to engage the valley communities in the development of sustainable projects.
Steve Maximay, Agricultural Consultant and current Chair of the Sustainable Management Committee of the AWNC Board of Directors, gave an engaging talk on the theme of conservation, ecotourism and community development.
UNDP representative Sasha Jattansingh presented an overview of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) programme. She highlighted the GEF programme’s funding of NGO’s and community groups for environmental projects and invited groups present to also access the funding directly for their community projects.
Some of the members expressed concern on issues they are facing in their communities at present. A follow-up meeting is carded for later in January to discuss potential projects that can be undertaken within the communities.