Environment minister calls on Dominicans to act to help preserve the country’s biodiversity

Cozier Frederick – Minister for the Environment

Minister for the Environment and Rural Modernization, Cozier Frederick, has said there are a number of threats to the country’s biodiversity and if left unchecked could negatively impact the nature island of the Caribbean (Dominica).

His comments came as Dominica joined the rest of the World to observe ‘World Environment Day’ on Friday.

According to Frederick, within the sub-region, Dominica’s natural resources have been regarded as being least tampered with or altered and substantial levels of its natural features are still intact.

He said Dominica hosts valuable biodiversity including over 1200 species of plants and most diverse assemblage of wildlife in the Eastern Caribbean, including 175 species of avifauna.

“Much of our economic activities are linked to nature and by extension to its biodiversity. However, there still remains a number of threats to our biodiversity such as deforestation, pollution, over-exploitation of natural resources, unregulated development, invasive species, natural disaster and the impact from climate change, which if left unchecked, could negatively impact on our proud claim as being the nature island of the Caribbean and indeed the world,” Frederick said.

The minister called on the general public to not only continue replanting and beautifying but also to take time to ensure and appreciate the intimate relationship with our diverse ecosystem.

“The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that make our planet habitable all come from nature,” Frederick stated.

He commended the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division for its continued efforts at educating and enhancing the level of awareness of Dominicans about our natural environment and conservation in general.

He mentioned that Post-Hurricane Maria the Division intensified its focus on the reforestation and beautification of our island,  where several tree-planting programmes including reforestation, awareness drives and campaigns have been organized at regular intervals to help motivate and to generate public awareness among the populace towards the importance of biodiversity.

The minister called on everyone to help the environment.

“It’s time to wake up, to take notice; raise our voices; slow down; sit at a park; take a swim; take a walk; plant a tree; take a hike; help save endangered species,” Frederick urged. “Let’s help our environment, our Dominica and by large the world, to thrive and to be a better world to live in.”

This year’s theme for World Environment Day was ‘Time for Nature Biodiversity’.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Voice of Reason
    June 8, 2020

    While I agree with the Hon. Minister, for the most part, my disappointment is driven by the fact that, with all the “natural beauty” and “nature” talk, there is no evidence of Dominica being the Nature Isle of the Caribbean.
    The Biodiversity that the Minister speaks of is not evident. The forests are green, probably because of the rugged terrain and the inability to successfully harvest/log the trees. Closer to the villages and surroundings, green has given way to brown!
    Rivers are practically drying up! Reforestation???? Where??
    Travelling from Canefield to Roseau, the highway should be adorned with local trees; the city should be adorned with flora and fauna! Green and vibrant!
    Instead we have garbage strewn all over and corners used as public restrooms!
    Let’s show the world that we are indeed the nature isle of the Caribbean! Action…not mere words!
    Stop showing the world that we are devoid of ideas and an ability to manage and market one of our best resources.

    • Roger Burnett
      June 11, 2020

      Your comment and the “likes” to my comment gives me hope that there are others out there that can see the visual blight that is infecting Dominica.

      I have spent a lifetime trying to get the message across, both in the Caribbean and elsewhere in the world. It is always the most difficult where nature predominates.

  2. June 8, 2020

    Why is it that all of a sudden these invalids are trying to make themselves relevant?
    These morons behave as if they just took office.
    Over twenty years these mercenaries have been plundering this country,please allow Dominica to grow. You all have proven to be incompetent, impotent,non- intelligent,just a total waste.

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 8, 2020

    This guy is full of crap!

    Last week one of Roosevelt puppets said Dominica is a global state: (McIntyre).
    Whereas there is no such thing as global state; I thought there was nothing more ignorant to come out of the mind of an ignorant Dominica politician.

    How can someone like that be called doctor is beyond me!

    Now here is another pathetic clown trying to impress Dominicans with a play of words “biodiversity” as if that term will take away corruption and thievery in the country which they are all involved.

    So, if that clown believe the terminology “biodiversity is a mystery to which only he is privy, here is the meaning of the word.

    “The word biodiversity is short for ‘biological diversity’ and simply means the variety of life on earth!”

    Those are the confounded, and ignorant people living off the blood of the nation, literally drinking the blood of people; unable to create employment; hence more than 90% of Dominica are unemployed, and here he comes with this…

  4. June 8, 2020

    Moo moo with big body but tiny verbal independence of mind..can tok then?…moo moo toking

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 8, 2020

      Let me tell this that guy is full of crap; they all like to call DNO, and post long comments, trying to prove which of the bunch can write long comments.

      Fact is with all the long rhetorical  crap; when you break everything down line by line, and analyzed what the convey, you will find its simply nonsensical rubbish!

      While they talk, they collect a monthly pay check; while the rest of the nation do not have any source of income.

      I do not understand the mentality of the majority of our people, I don’t see how a people suffering at the hands of such ignorant and evil people lead by the most corrupted man on earth Roosevelt Skerrit, and nobody in the country see it fit to start a revolution.

      The only way the people of Dominica will rid themselves from the tyrants like that talking head; and the corrupted Th… Roosevelt, will be via an insurrection!

      Unless Dominicans overthrow this government (Roosevelt Skerrit) Dominica is doomed! 

  5. Roger Burnett
    June 8, 2020

    Whilst I agree with the Minister’s comments in general, and in particular his reference to “unregulated development”, I have a problem with the term “beautification”.

    You can preserve nature but you cannot beautify it.

  6. Observer1
    June 8, 2020

    Man, where our parrots?

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