The project’s objective is to ensure that biodiversity and ecosystems functions within and around marine and terrestrial PAs in Grenada are better protected from threats through the adoption of an integrated “Ridge to Reef” approach that increases PA management effectiveness and applies targeted sustainable land (and coastal) management practices, while ensuring ecosystems resilience to climate change.
This project will enhance the capabilities of Grenada with respect to institutional, regulatory, and policy-based strategic planning. It will also provide Grenada with financial support for various materials that enable the process. The project will expand and enhance the existing PA system in the country by increasing the number of TPAs from 8 to 9 (increasing the number of hectares from 1,931 ha to 2,931 ha) and increasing the number of MPAs from 3 to 7 (increasing the number of hectares from 1,780 ha to 13,180 ha).
Furthermore, the project will support the incorporation of a number of mini PAs into the national network as a minimum cost output. The consolidation and expansion of the PA system will be enhanced by the project’s support in reducing threats to biodiversity by addressing habitat degradation and over-exploitation of biological resources within Pas.
This project will use GEF incremental support to provide multiple global and local benefits by strengthening land, forest and reef management processes (ecosystem functions) and biodiversity conservation on all terrestrial landscapes and marine and seascapes in Grenada, especially within and around marine and terrestrial protected areas (MPA/TPAs). This will be achieved through a multi-focal strategy having a “ridge to reef” approach that increases Protected Areas management effectiveness and applies targeted land management practices.
THE “RIDGE TO REEF” APPROACH
Development of a policy-based legal, planning and institutional/regulatory framework in support of a sustainably managed network of TPAs and MPAs
Development and management of landscapes and seascapes by adopting the approach of integrating SLM and SFM/REDD+ principles and practices as a matter of public policy (integrated approach for managing forest ecosystems, protection and sustainable use of the biodiversity, prevention of land/sea degradation, and integration of people’s livelihood objectives within the management of forest and marine eco-systems.)
By piloting SFM/REDD+ and SLM practices in the Annandale/Beausejour watershed to improve carbon stocks, reducing deforestation, reducing susceptibility to drought (and forest fires) and consequent land degradation that would impact downstream landscapes and seascapes.
Establishment and effective management of new and existing Protected Areas
An Institutional Framework for Protected Area System Management
A Legal and Regulatory Framework for Management of Protected Areas
Expanded Protected Areas System
Management of Protected Area Units Institutionalized
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources as a Means for Community Involvement in PA co-management
Climate resilient SLM practices applied in the Beausejour watershed to reduce threats adjacent to and upstream of PAs
Improved SLM and SFM practices in 6 communities resulting in reduced deforestation and land and forest degradation in the landscapes surrounding PAs