Capacity Building Sustainable Land Management in Grenada
Sustainable land management (SLM) involves the use of terrestrial resources and ecosystems e.g. soils, plants to provide goods and services e.g. food, drinking water, fuel, timber, without detriment to the long-term productive potential of these resources and their environmental functions. SLM is critical to minimizing and rehabilitating the effects of land degradation, and ensuring optimal use of resources for sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
The tri-island state of Grenada is presently on a recovery path following the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Emily (2005). In addition to the devastation effects on key economic sectors, important watersheds and landscapes were denuded contributing to land degradation. There are other anthropogenic factors that contribute to pressures on the island’s limited land resources including unmanaged development activities, loss of coastal habitats to marine development, and farming on steep slopes. This project provided support for the development of strategies that will contribute to sustainable land management in particular, and overall sustainable development. The long-term goal that it will seek to achieve is: The agricultural, forest and other terrestrial land uses of Grenada promote sustainable, productive systems that maintain ecosystem productivity and ecological functions while contributing directly to the environmental, economic and social well-being of the country.
The project aims to mitigate land degradation by using SLM principles, thus maintaining the ecological integrity, stability and productivity of their terrestrial resources. Over a period of three years they intend to strengthen capacity in government, civil society and private sector institutions by focusing on:
- Integrating SLM into national development policies, plans and regulatory frameworks
- Developing institutional and individual capacities for SLM
- Developing capacities for knowledge management in support of SLM, including a computerized Land Resources Information System
- Investment planning and resource mobilization for implementation of SLM interventions.
Who finances it?
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- Project start date
- January 2006
- Estimated end date
- December 2012
- Geographic coverage
- Focus area
- Energy and Environment, Climate Change
- Project Officer
- Ricky Wilson
- GEF, Government of Grenada