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Forestry officers’ studies to benefit National Bird

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Three officers within the Forestry Department recently began studies expected to benefit the St Vincent Parrot — the National Bird.{{more}}

Melissa Jackson, Aluka Browne and Leon Mathews are reading for diplomas in forestry at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

“… at the end of the two-year diploma programme, the officers, on rejoining the staff, will build on the availability of a highly trained cadre of officers at the Forestry Department to manage the programmes involved with conservation, protection of the ecosystem, biodiversity, watershed management and other disciplines within Forestry,” the Ministry of Agriculture said in a release.

The three are being trained, as this country continues to receive assistance from the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP), a non-governmental organisation based in Germany that focuses on conservation of parrots worldwide.

The ACTP is funding a project for the conservation of the St Vincent Parrot (Amazona guildingii) in its natural habitat.

Under a 2009 technical cooperation agreement, the government and the ACTP will receive support for a number of programmes and activities geared at the conservation of the parrot.

The activities include the management and conservation of the forests, thereby protecting the environment in which the parrot thrives, the construction of a new aviary to assist in the local breeding and multiplication programme, and increasing and improving the capacity of the staff through training.

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