THE Soufriere Foundation held its third community consultation in the past few months on Wednesday with residents of Fond St. Jacques. The meeting formed part of the organization’s sensitisation policy by outlaying its development plans and objectives for the year and operational overview for familiarisation.
The meeting’s highlight was predicated on an energized discussion on the development and operational framework for the EnbasSaut Trail in Edmond’s Forest. The Foundation made its formal commitment to facilitate initial stages of championing advocacy, resource determination and stakeholder involvement for appropriate proposal submission.
According to Jimmy Haynes, Executive Director of the Foundation, “The Soufriere Foundation does not subscribe to exclusion. In terms of community-based tourism, we want to ensure that we get maximum participation during all project phases of the EnbasSaut initiative in order to foster a sense of ownership by all stakeholders.”
The Foundation is to convene a second meeting over the next two weeks to oversee the creation of a steering committee along with consultation with forestry officials and associated organizations to establish general consensus on the way forward.