Implementing a “Ridge to Reef” Approach to Protecting Biodiversity and Ecosystems
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 sea) management practices, while ensuring ecosystems resilience to climate change.
The project will strengthen land, forest and reef management processes (ecosystems functions) and biodiversity conservation on all terrestrial landscapes and marine and seascapes in Grenada, especially within and around marine and terrestrial protected areas. 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. It will include: 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 sustainable land management (SLM) and sustainable forest management (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 peoples 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, it will contribute to reducing deforestation, reducing susceptibility to drought (and forest fires) and consequent land degradation that would impact downstream landscapes and seascapes.