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Mango trees to improve climate resilience

GIS – ENVIRONMENTALISTS HARNESS THE RESILIENCE OF THE MANGO TREE TO COMBAT THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

Saint Lucia is doing its part to stall the effects of climate change.

The island is part of a regional mango bio-diversity project that will plant up to 6000 mango tress in Saint Lucia to help build climate resilience.

“This project is not only happening in Saint Lucia but also in the other OECS islands, and it was conceptualized to build resilience to climate change because it is recognized that as small island states we are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” said Environmental Education Officer, Nicole LaForce-Haynes. “Although we contribute a minimal percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, we are most impacted.”

Ms Haynes said for change to occur, it is important to lead by example.

“We know one of the main culprits of climate change is increased carbon dioxide emissions, and this causes an increase in the greenhouse gas effect, which in turn causes an increase in the global temperature. Now although Saint Lucia only contributes 0.0015 percent which is miniscule, which is next to nothing, I believe in leading by example. It is not because we hardly contribute anything that we should do nothing, because we are impacted.”

The project, she said, will help Saint Lucia grow more resilient to storms.

“It is important that we build resilience, and this is one of the adaptive measures that we’re taking, that this project is encouraging, so that we can be more resilient to storms. The more we could build resilience, the better for us so that we will be able to cope and recover from the impacts of climate change.”

The Mango Biodiversity Project is a collaboration between the OECS, and the Global Climate Change Alliance.

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