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I am proud that FFI has been able to provide swift technical and financial support to the Forestry Department to solve this problem. Their project is working with local resin tappers to develop co-management agreements and identify ways of harvesting resin without killing the trees. By drawing on the experiences of other projects – including FFI’s work with resin tappers in Cambodia – I am very optimistic that Saint Lucia can achieve a “win-win” for both the species and the many people who depend on it.
Senior Conservation Biologist, Fauna & Flora International
The Lansan tree is endemic to the West Indian islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent.
The total world population is unknown, but surveys in 2009 found lansan trees are still locally common in the lower montane rainforests of Saint Lucia. Martinique, on the other hand, is reported to have fewer than 50 individuals left.
Habitat loss and over-exploitation of lansan for resin have decimated most of the island populations. Today, the largest remaining population is believed to be in Saint Lucia, but even here the species is under threat.
In 2010 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) began providing technical and financial support to the Forestry Department to solve the problem of destructive tapping practices to harvest the resin, which causes the premature deaths of numerous lansan trees, even inside the Forest Reserve.
Visit the Global Trees Campaign website to find out more on the Lansan Sustainable Management Project on Saint Lucia.
Lansan is only one of nearly 1200 native plants recorded in Saint Lucia. This is almost as many species as there area in England, an area 210 times the size of Saint Lucia!