Caicos Pine Recovery Project partners will officially hand over the
National Tree Restoration Strategy to Turks & Caicos Islands
Government on Wednesday, 6 April 2016.
Part of a long-term partnership between the Department of Environment
& Coastal Resources and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the
expert-written strategy will be presented formally to the Ministry of
Tourism, Environment & Culture, and launched into practice.
The Strategy documents the best practices for the conservation of the
National Tree after two years of intense research on the unique
ecosystem it supports, expanding on field and laboratory research dating
back to 2007. The research has yielded important information on the
biochemistry and ecology of the Caicos pine and has even revealed
possible new species of fungi and insects to science. Protocols
developed during this work direct how Caicos pine habitat restoration
will be carried out from seed collection, propagation, field planting,
to habitat management.
“The National Tree Restoration Strategy
will guide the Turks & Caicos Islands in the long-term protection of
Caicos pine, the National Tree, which is an important part of Turks
& Caicos history and culture.” says Honourable Porsha Stubbs-Smith,
Minister of Tourism, Environment, Culture and Heritage.
Strategy is one of the most important outputs of the Caicos Pine
Recovery Project’s phase “Pine Forests: Mitigation for Climate change
and Invasive Species” funded by the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative
through the Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund and the
John Ellerman Foundation.
The Honourable Minister went on to
express profound thanks and appreciation to the team for their hard work
and dedication over the past 2 years and further noted her interest in
working with them on future projects.