|Counting on the environment — it’s everyone’s business|
|Written by Douglas Fenimore/National Trust|
|Friday, 02 March 2012 10:43|
Over the next several weeks, the National Trust will publish a series of articles providing insight into its ongoing efforts, commitment to protecting TCI heritage and several exciting new developments that the Trust will undertake.
The Turks and Caicos Islands truly are beautiful by nature. From quaint seaside settlements of North and Middle Caicos, centuries old towns of the salt islands to Providenciales, its multi-million-dollar strand along Grace Bay, each island presents a unique experience.
As a country, the TCI is rich in natural resources, but not necessarily the riches that generally come to mind where commodities are traded for quick, consistent gain. Our riches surround us in clean turquoise seas, soft sandy beaches, expansive natural areas and pristine wetlands. With well over 40 islands and cays, there still are places in the TCI where no hand has touched or foot has tread.
Although development in the TCI has rapidly increased over the years, in reality the surface has just been scratched. New hotels, condominiums, homes and villas will be built over time, and the balance between progress and nature will undoubtedly be tested.
Recently, the National Trust has submitted proposal for consideration to designate the TCI as a World Heritage Site, which will include the cays and Salt Islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos. The proposed World Heritage Site will bring together pristine marine, terrestrial environments and diverse animal species, including marine mammals, corals, fishes, reptiles and birds, while preserving the unique elements of a centuries old industry, way of life.
Along with the Ramsar site for wetlands of international importance on North, Middle and East Caicos and a robust national park system, the National Trust and its strategic partners seek to thread the TCI’S natural places into a tapestry and protect an ecosystem that is rich in diversity of natural, historical and cultural importance.
Understanding and preserving the natural, historical and cultural environment of the TCI is paramount to protecting the country’s lifeblood, tourism. As with most countries in the region, tourism is the primary factor in providing stability, good jobs and government revenue. Realizing that individual actions, both positive and negative, will directly impact the long-term sustainability of our natural resources, the country’s issues becomes everyone’s business.
The National Trust was established to serve all of the of the TCI. Locals, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to participate in the numerous programmes and initiatives undertaken by the trust by visiting www.tcinationaltrust.org or calling 649-941-5710. Together, we can help to protect and preserve our natural resources, for the enjoyment of all, for future generations.
Photo: Reddish egret/(Kathleen Wood)
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 10:50|
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