The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Climate Action and Constituency Empowerment, Joyelle Clarke, has taken to her social media account to share an update regarding the Department of Environment’s Invasive Alien Species (IAS) project. This Department falls under the Jurisdiction of Senator Clarke.
The Department is preparing to launch the second phase of communication activities for the Invasive Alien Species Project by engaging Agricultural Experts. Minister of sustainable development Joyelle Clarke took to her social media to share the specifics of the Invasive Alien Species Project.
The project aims to control invasive species or organisms that threaten the Environment. These invasive alien species include the green vervet monkey, brown rats and wild tamarind.
For this project’s purpose, former Director of Agriculture Melvin James and former Chief Extension Officer in the Nevis Island Assembly, Walcott James, have been contracted to build awareness and provide technical capacity to the farming community on both islands.
According to Minister Joyelle Clarke, the ministry and various stakeholders will realise this through a series of engagement exercises with key agricultural stakeholders on identifying, controlling, managing, and preventing invasive agricultural alien species.
The Minister also shared some glimpses of the meeting on her social media, with the help of pictures which featured all the involved stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Reportedly, in September 2022, Ministry of Environment, led by Minister Joyelle Clarke, unveiled signage as a part of the Invasive Alien Species Project. When the ministry of Environment unveiled the signage (Sept 9, 2022), the Minister of Environment commented on its vitality. She said the signage would serve as a reminder for the Department regarding their work.
During this event, Minister Clarke first spoke about involving the Ministries of Agriculture and tourism in the IAS project. According to the ministry officials, green vervet monkeys, brown rats, and wild tamarind (Invasive Alien Species) pose a great threat to the agricultural produce of St Kitts and Nevis.