The Project Coordination Unit for the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) under the Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment continues to advance activities aimed at reducing vulnerabilities to climate change impacts. One of the activities under the DVRP is the construction of a forestry propagation nursery facility at the existing site in Pond Casse.
This project is at a cost of one million, two hundred and seventy-eight thousand, one hundred and four dollars and twenty five cents. Project coordinator of the DVRP, Collin Guiste says the project should commence next month.
“The main purpose of the propagation center is to increase capacity and value for the Forestry Wildlife and Parks division. It will increase their capacity in propagating plants for agro-forestry, also for reforestation as most of our forest were devastated by Hurricane Maria and this gives them an opportunity now to go through the process of propagating plants at the nursery,” Guiste stated.
The nursery will comprise three main facilities: a propagation building, an operation building and a hardening building.
“The propagation facility has a space on 1,500 square feet. There is the operational building and also the hardening building, which are the primary buildings making up the propagation nursery,” Guiste added.
The operations building, with a gross floor area of one thousand three hundred square feet, will comprise potting area, media preparation and mixing area, soil, sand and compost storage bays, an area for storage and repair of equipment, a fuel storage room and an area for saving and wood chipping.
The hardening building, which has a floor area of one thousand five hundred square feet, will comprise two hardening areas separated by an elevated water storage tank with a finished washroom/locker room on the lower level floor.
The project is expected to be completed in nine months.