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New consultation meeting for the ecological corridor!

In December 2019, the local coordinator of Life BIODIV’OM in the Martinique Natural Park met Stéphane GOUYER, Director General of Agricultural Operations in Galion (EAG) and actor concerned by the ecological corridor project.

Meeting between the local coordinator of Life BIODIV’OM and the director of the EAG and his collaborators © PNM

The concertation process

Following the meeting held in November with the EAG livestock manager, the local LIFE coordinator met a new player to complete the consultation process.

The meeting between the two actors was an opportunity to present the Life BIODIV’OM program and the challenges of preserving the White-breasted trasher in Martinique but also to gather contextual elements on agricultural activity in the commune of La Trinité specifically on practices such as sugar cane cultivation and animal husbandry on the plots concerned.

The aim of this meeting is therefore to discuss the project for the creation of an ecological corridor and to present the scenarios envisaged in order to collect the first feedback from this actor, his opinion, the constraints identified, the needs and the associated suggestions.

A meeting marked by obtaining the support of the director of the agricultural holding and his collaborators in the corridor project, favorable to the approach carried out in favor of the species. From now on, these stakeholders will be invited to the next consultation meetings in 2020. Their participation will allow arbitration on the technical solutions for creating the corridor (precise location, dimensions, maintenance and management, etc.).

 

The ecological corridor

An ecological corridor is a passage area connecting two natural spaces thus promoting the migration, displacement and survival of certain species.

As part of Life BIODIV’OM, an ecological corridor will be created in Martinique on the Caravelle peninsula in order to connect two isolated populations of White-breasted trasher and thus ensure the sustainability of the species. As these areas are separated by agricultural land, the PNM is thus initiating a process of consultation with local farmers in order to find the best way to combine agricultural activities and protection of biodiversity.