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Saint Lucia

Vegetation description

Eighteen mangroves sites have been identified in Santa Lucia. Five species of mangrove are present; among these Rhizophora mangle, Laguncularia racemosa and Avicennia germinans cover relatively large areas of well developed forest. Mangroves are sometimes associated with Pterocarpus officinalis. There are 12 protected areas with mangroves in S. Lucia.

Lacerda, L.D. 1993. Conservation and sustainable utilization of mangrove forests in Latin America and Africa regions. Vol. 2 Part I- Latin America. Mangrove Ecosystems technical reports ITTO/ISME Project PD114/90 (F). Okinawa, Japan. 272 pp.
Spalding, M.D., Blasco, F. & Field, C.D
., eds. 1997 World Mangrove Atlas. The International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems, Okinawa, Japan. 178 pp.

National level mangrove area estimates








Spalding, M.D., Blasco, F. and Field, C.D., eds. 1997. World Mangrove Atlas. The International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems, Okinawa, Japan. 178 pp.


Map analysis. Scale 1:50 000.



CCA/IRF. 1988. St Lucia Country Environmental Profile. Caribbean Conservation Association, St Michael Barbados/Islands - Reources Foudation, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (draft)


Cited in: Fisher, P and Spalding, M.D. 1993. Protected areas with mangrove habitat. Draft Report World Conservation Centre, Cambridge, UK. 60 pp. The "Year" is the publication year.



Bacon, P. R. 1991. The Status of Mangrove Conservation in the Caricom Islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Report to the Commission of the European Communities as part of the Tropical Forestry Action Plan for the Caribbean Region. University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. 211 pp.


Ground survey



Government of St. Lucia-Ministry of Agriculture,Lands, fisheries and Cooperatives and CIDA. 1992. The 10 year Forest Management Plan (1992-2000)


The "Year" is the publication year.

The methodology is not provided. The figure could represent the entire swamps.



Geoghegan, T. and A.H. Smith. 1998. Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods: Collaborative Management of the MankÚtŤ Mangrove, St. Lucia. Community Participation in Forest Management. A series by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute


The authors consulted CANARI's files and major documents on mangroves, as well as the reports and papers of several outside researchers. For comparative purposes, they also reviewed documents relevant to mangrove management in St. Lucia.This figure could represent the entire swamps.



Smith, A. 2002. Personal communication.


Based on: Portecop, J. and E. Benito-Espinal. 1985. The Mangroves of St. Lucia; a preliminary survey. CANARI technical Report no. 45. 56 pp. Further adjustments based on georeferenced aerial photos.

Trends in mangrove area extent over time

No major changes appear to have occurred in this country over the last twenty years.

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