Commissioning of the Research and Interpretative Facility 2/11/11
- from left to right : German Ambassador, Stefan Schlüter, Spanish Ambassador Celsa Nuño, Finnish Ambassador, Mikko Pyhälä and the representant of the french embassy Emmanuel Mouriez
European Ambassadors from Finland, France, Germany and Spain were present on 2 November 2011 at the opening of the Waitukubuli National Trail, Research and... Interpretative Centre in Pont Casse, Dominica. This was the first occasion that such a significantly large group of EU Ambassadors, based both outside and within the region, took part in an EU-funded project in Dominica. The research and Interpretation Centre houses a research facility, a camping quarters, an office of the Forestry Department and is a component of the overall EC$17 million EU-funded Waitukubuli National Trail. The Waitukubuli National Trail is the Caribbean’s first long-distance walking trail which is being developed through the support of the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation, the European Union, the Regional Council of Martinique and the Government of Dominica. The opening of this Interpretation and Research Facility demonstrates that this project is not solely about a trail but highlights its educational component, since the centre is expected to be integral in the dissemination of information as well as in the research of the 600 different plant species found in Dominica.
The ceremony was also attended by Dominican Government officials (the Permanent secretary of the Dominican Ministry of Agriculture Forestry, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Dominica and a representative of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica) and again demonstrated the excellent organizational capabilities of Mr. Eddison Henry (Project Manager-WNTP). The Facility was blessed by His Lordship Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau.