Ridge to Reef Project Makes Strides in GrenadaAug 11, 2016
UNDP’s Ridge to Reef Project in Grenada has undertaken several activities in the June and July months.
On Wednesday, June 29 the Ridge to Reef Project facilitated the first of three Business Planning and Development workshops at the National Stadium.
Business consultant, Ruel Edwards, facilitated the workshop with a group of 21 participants. Participants were introduced to factors they need to consider when developing business plans, as well as critical procedures to follow when implementing business ideas. Mr. Edwards indicated that a key component of the training is to encourage participants to create eco-friendly businesses. Chief Forestry Officer, Anthony Jeremiah noted, “the workshop is part of the overall objective of creating new and reviving existing sustainable livelihood opportunities for person in the project demonstration area.”
In the coming weeks, participants will receive one-on-one mentoring with the consultant as they continue to learn and benefit from the Ridge to Reef approach to sustainable development.
The Ridge to Reef team then hosted, in collaboration with the ECMMAN Project, a Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Summer Camp from July 11 through 15 for students between the ages of 9 and 13. Students attending the summer camp were from communities in the vicinity of the MPAs, including Woburn-Clarkes Court Bay, Moliniere-Beausejour and proposed MPAs communities in Grand Anse and Gouyave.
Minister of Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon. Alvin Dabreo attended the camp’s closing ceremony and shared his pleasure at seeing young children who are keen to protect the marine environment. The program aims to instil an appreciation for the MPAs in children while learning good practices for conservation of the marine environment. Through the children, homes and communities will be made more aware of the function and importance of MPAs and ecosystems.
The program featured visits to Woburn mangroves, farms in Beausejour watershed, Bathway beach and the Moliniere-Beausejour MPA via a glass bottom boat.