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St. Kitts Central Forest Reserve to be part of an OECS Project
May 09, 2005

St. Kitts’ Central Forest Reserve above the 1,000 feet contour, has been selected as the site in the Federation for the OECS Protected Areas and Associated Livelihoods Project (OPAAL).

The OECS Protected Areas and Associated Livelihoods Project (OPAAL) is a five year project designed to achieve the conservation of biodiversity in the OECS sub-region through the establishment and management of Protected Areas.

It started in 1999 as a proposal put forward by the Government of St Lucia. The World Bank was approached for funding and it was decided to expand the project to include the OECS sub-region, to ensure the achievement of sustainable development objectives.

The OPAAL Project will cost US$7.57million and will be funded by the World Bank through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) that will be providing US$3.7million.

Counterpart funding will be provided by the French Government through its Fond Francais de l’’Environment Mondial (FFEM) providing US$1.64 million and the Organisation of American States (OAS), providing US$350,000.

The Participating Member States of the OECS will be providing US$1.88 million dollars from in-kind contributions.

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