|Getting to know the TCI National Trust|
|Written by Douglas Fenimore/National Trust|
|Friday, 24 February 2012 17:46|
Over the next several weeks, the National Trust will publish a series of articles providing insight into its ongoing efforts, commitment to protecting TCI heritage and several exciting new developments that the Trust will undertake.The National Trust works in partnership with the Turks and Caicos Islands government, international conservation organizations, local businesses, boards, schools and most importantly, the Turks and Caicos Islands people.
With its primary mission to protect and preserve the natural, historic and cultural heritage of the TCI, the National Trust serves everyone who understands the importance of protecting the islands’ culture, natural environment and historical heritage.
Governed by an elected council representing all of the inhabited islands and headed by Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams, the National Trust is the only statutory, independent organization in the TCI responsible, bound by its mission statement “to safeguard the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands for present and future generations and for the enjoyment of all.”
Founded in 1992 through the passage of enabling legislation by the TCI government, the National Trust has a broad measure of powers to identify, investigate, classify, protect and preserve any area, site, building, structure or object of cultural, historic or natural significance. The National Trust maintains the right to hold property in trust and has ability to declare such property inalienable.
Throughout history, the TCI has endured many changes. The islands have weathered numerous natural calamities, in more recent times, several man-made ones as well. From the very beginning, the archipelago served as an important trade centre, providing abundant natural resources including salt, fish, conch and seashells prized by the indigenous people who populated the TCI and most of the surrounding islands. Research projects supported by the National Trust have uncovered multiple archeological sites throughout the TCI, helping to complete our time line in history.
Over the years, the National Trust has served as guardian for the TCI’s natural and historic sites and continues to educate and promote awareness of these special places. Several projects including Wades Green on North Caicos, Conch Bar caves on Middle Caicos, Little Water Cay and Cheshire Hall on Providenciales are maintained by the Trust as natural and heritage sites. Public access to these and all other sites, are clearly marked with informative signage and pathways. Residents and visitors are encouraged to frequent these sites and learn about our abundant natural, cultural and historical heritage.
The National Trust is supported by membership fees, private sponsorship and project grants and fulfills its mission by implementing a range of sustainable projects and initiatives, some of which are revenue generating and used to finance new programmes. The support of corporations and individuals help provide the resources necessary to continue the good work of the National Trust and directly reflect on the reason why we call the TCI “beautiful by nature.”
For more information, visit the trust online at www.tcinationaltrust.org or call 649-941-5710.
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 10:47|
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