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United States and OECS collaborate on Biodiversity Project

ST. LUCIA – The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat and the United States of America have signed an agreement aimed at enhancing the protection of the region’s environment.

This, via a project entitled ‘Protecting the Eastern Caribbean Region’s Biodiversity.’

A two million US dollar contribution was also made to the project which will take off next year. An official from the Saint Lucia based Secretariat, Mr. Francis Brunette signed on behalf of the OECS member states.

Mr. Burnette explained that the initiative targets areas which are closely linked to the priorities of the OECS and it supports critical ongoing activities such as the harmonization of national and regional institutional policy and legal frameworks relevant to biodiversity conservation.

United States Ambassador to the OECS Mary Ourisman signed the agreement on behalf of the US government.

According to US Ambassador to the OECS, public understanding and private sector involvement are key elements to the successful protection of these sensitive environment issues and noted that she was pleased to see that this project which the OECS will undertake with US support, will focus on environmental themes.

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