Sans Souci Climate Change Adaptation Project
Over the past five years there has been an increase in the number of turtles being seen at San Souci beach (Big Bay). This has resulted in the Forestry Division initiating basic patrols for a period of four months (April to July) on the beach. The Division provides funding for 1 person to patrol the beach. The Forestry Division has worked with the Toco Foundation in the past to protect the beach but has in recent (the last two years) past resolved to work the local community group to patrol the beach and ensure the protection of the turtles. In peak nights over 30 thirty turtles are seen nightly as a result of the patrol efforts. There are issues of visitor control and harassment of turtles, beach lighting, erosion and poaching that occur on a yearly basis.

Many visitors will come to Big Bay at night not knowing it is a turtle beach and drive on the beach in 4x4 vehicles with the aim to set up camp. Other will come to watch and ride turtles. There are no signs to guide people or an organisation with sufficient capacity to deal with these developing issues.

The community has noted in the past that there has been increase in storm surges or high tides that has seen the sand on the sure push further in resulting in the loss of some of the trees (coconut and sea grapes). There has been occasion where excess runoff of water from the village has resulted in the loss of nesting beach, the nearby bushes has been burned annual to catch Iguanas and the intensive flooding from increase rainfall and deforestation.

The objective of this planning grant is to:
? To evaluate the level of Vulnerability to Climate Change
? To determine the knowledge of climate change among community residents.
? Develop a full proposal using a participatory process.

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Project Snapshot

Sans Souci Tourism & Wildlife Development Organisation
Trinidad and tobago
Area Of Work:
Community Based Adaptation
Operational Phase:
Phase 5
Grant Amount:
US$ 2,500.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 1,555.82
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed

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