Ministry of Environment Launches Project to Tackle Monkey Problem
Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 12, 2022 (MoEnv.) The Ministry of Environment is moving to tackle the continued threat of the indigenous, green monkey.
This morning, along the Kim Collins Highway, the Ministry unveiled a billboard signifying the launch of a project to control the monkey as an invasive species.
Eavin Parry, the National Project Director says the green monkey is posing significant, negative impacts on agriculture, biodiversity and households locally.
He said, the Ministry of Environment is trying to put measures and systems in place in the form of legislation, policy, framework and management plans to ensure that they are able to control the spread of the species.
The billboard bears the picture of a monkey depicting different ways they cause damage to crops.
Additionally, Parry said, they intend to put certain protocols at the Ports of Entry so that travelers are aware that certain commodities are prohibited.
The project is funded by GEF- Global Environmental Facility executed at the national level through the department of environment. There is a close partnership with the executing regional entity CABI- Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, which focuses primarily on agricultural and environmental issues. The project is also implemented by the United Nations Environment Program