SusGren’s work in the Grenadines focuses on 6 different areas that contribute to our long-term vision:
“Civil society organizations and individuals in the Grenadines will be applying enhanced capacity and motivation to manage natural resources wisely, resulting in measurable outcomes for environmental health and biodiversity conservation, sustainability of livelihoods and climate resilience.”
These program areas include:
Civil Society Strengthening
Biodiversity Conservation and Marine Managed Areas
Climate Change Adaptation
Capacity Building for a strong and effective SusGren
Stewardship is about empowering stakeholders to play an active role in sustaining natural resources. It is about behaviours—or actions—that people take, individually (e.g. a fisherman throwing back undersized fish) or collectively (e.g. local residents organizing a coastal clean-up). There are plenty of people who would take action to protect the environment with the right encouragement, and stewardship programs can mobilize them. SusGren will focus on mobilizing people for action to protect the environment, fostering widespread changes in behaviour to benefit environmental health, and stewardship of geographic areas with high socio-ecological value.
CIVIL SOCIETY STRENGTHENING
Many community-based organizations throughout the Grenadines have goals that are harmonized with SusGren’s vision and mission. Supporting these organizations to become more efficient and effective will enable them to achieve more outcomes that reflect our shared goals. Capacity can be built through training programs and mentorship tailored to address the needs of organizations.
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND MARINE MANAGED AREAS
Well-managed Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) are one of the most effective tools for safeguarding marine ecosystems and the fisheries they support. SusGren will build on its past success with the Grenadines Network of MMAs to further develop the capacity of the seven MMAs in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and enable them to achieve greater outcomes for conservation of resources and benefits to stakeholders.
The development of livelihoods is of critical need in the Grenadines. SusGren aims to support a diversity of livelihood opportunities that do not destroy biodiversity or deplete natural resources for future generations. SusGren hopes to reduce pressure on natural capital and biodiversity in the Grenadines, increase the resilience of communities in the face of climate change, and create economic incentives for sustainable resource management. Sustainable livelihood development can involve improving the sustainability of livelihoods that are presently having a negative impact on the environment to lessen or eliminate the negative impact, or developing alternative livelihood options. SusGren works with fisheries to rebuild resources, strengthen fisher organizations and improve livelihoods, while developing sustainable alternatives in agriculture and tourism.
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
Communities in the Grenadines are experiencing the impacts of climate change in the form of sea-level rise, and changes in the predictability of seasons and temperature. To cope with these changes, SusGren is supporting the fight against climate change through developing plans to decrease climate change vulnerability. This involves educating people about the causes and impacts of climate change, and investing in climate-resilient infrastructure and nature-based adaptation measures.