Amphibian Officer with the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division; Machel Sulton is back on island after participating in CLiC (Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean) 2015-2016 programme where they matched in support of the Grenada Turtle Conservation Project.
The training was held in Grenada and was hosted by St. George’s University. Eighteen scholars from 11 Caribbean nations were selected to undergo this course where they become more proficient in working collaboratively across political and organizational boundaries to manage pressing environmental challenges.
The programme was facilitated by experienced conservationists and wildlife experts, including Grenada’s Dr. Heather E. Eves, wildlife biologist and visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and the Environment, Leo R. Douglas, Professor at Colombia University and Birds Caribbean President, Kelvin Alie; Director of IFAW and Nadra Nathai Gyan, conservation advisor with the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago Inc.
In speaking with CC6 News Grenada, Machel said, “the programme is a tremendous one and provides us as leaders with the adequate skills to go back to our respective countries to empower other young leaders in the field of conservation and to build local capacity. Other trainings are geared towards developing working conservation projects around the wider Caribbean for example; fellows have established a mangrove project in Niagara and its so far been operating successfully.”
A five-day fellowship was recently held in Grenada and a rally in support of Grenada turtle Conservation Project. Within CLiC there have been various projects established ranging from wildlife trafficking, Lionfish, parrot Fish, Hawksbill turtle and mangrove rehabilitation.
Sultan is looking forward to conducting an opportunistic survey with fishermen on Dominica in regards to the lionfish invasion with the aim to identify any gap of knowledge and write a report with recommendations to be submitted to the relevant authority.