Along with 8 speakers, PM Chastanet to discuss economy of small islands

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St Lucia: Saint Lucia continues to participate and lead discussions on small islands at the WEF The Davos Agenda

Prime Minister Allen M Chastanet stated this information on Facebook. He said The COVID-19 pandemic had exposed ocean economies’ fragility, most acutely felt in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Yet, these states encompass valuable ocean assets about 2,000 times the size of their landmasses.

From ocean finance to coastal resilience measures, what policies, practices, and partnerships are needed to build a more just and resilient ocean economy?

This session is linked with the following schemes and initiatives of the World Economic Forum: Friends of Ocean Action and the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP).

In Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Along with PM Allen Chastanet, Haley Sweetland Edwards, National Correspondent, TIME and Gloria Fluxa Thienemann, Karen Fang, Peter Thomson, Katherine Garrett-Cox, and Douglas McCauley will be prominent speakers in this gathering.

Climate Ambassador Tomas Anker Christensen and M.Sanjayan, Chief Executive Officer, Conservation International, will also address the small islands.

A Facebook user commented, “Then please promise all world leaders that St Lucia will stop turtle hunting as last eastern Caribbean Island NOW.”

This comment is again a concern towards their nation and nature. St Lucia celebrates a Turtle Hunting season.

The beaches of St. Lucia are nesting territories for endangered turtle species, which includes Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles. The main nesting sites are frequently remote and experience poaching of eggs and massacre of the nesting turtles. 

While this in itself is illegal in St. Lucia, St. Lucia still sustains an official turtle hunting season, and this is part of the reason poachers and purchasers still feel it is ‘ok to kill’ and ‘eat’ despite discerning that it is illegal to kill nesting turtles and to take their eggs, as it is currently legal to eat the meat of these endangered animals in St. Lucia. 

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