Restoration of biodiversity at Dark View Falls to address land degradation, habitat loss and security of livelihoods.
Restoration of biodiversity at Dark View Falls to address land degradation, habitat loss and security of livelihoods.
The Dark View Falls site has been extensively damaged by the Christmas Storm (see attached photo essay about the damage). Much of the infrastructure at the site was destroyed or damaged, and landslides and flooding destroyed biodiversity habitat. The site is a key tourist attraction for St Vincent and the Grenadines (it is the most visited site outside Kingstown) and gets over 12,000 visitors each year. It is the most requested site by cruise ship visitors, and although visitors continue to use the site, many are disappointed at its condition, particularly the loss of the pools. Many people depend on the site for their livelihoods, including the site staff, tour guides, taxi operators and restaurants and shops that cater for tourists in North Leeward (particularly Chateaubelair). The site is a highlight of St Vincent and very important to the economy of the local area, as well as being a place of outstanding natural beauty.
The goal of this project is to increase livelihood opportunities, protect biodiversity in the Richmond Watershed, prevent further soil erosion, and improve local knowledge about disaster preparation and climate change. The objectives are:
1. To restore habitat for local wildlife species by replanting native plant species along river bank and revegetating the area with native plant species by December 2015 using in-kind support and local volunteers
2. Increase local knowledge of climate change adaptation, disaster management, tour guiding and first aid by the end of the project (December 2015)
3. Restore and improve the site infrastructure by December 2014 using volunteers, local labour, in-kind support and contractors
This project will help achieve Outcome 7.1 of the GEF Country Program Strategy - Improved community-level actions and practices and reduced negative impacts in land use frontiers of agro- ecosystems and forest ecosystems (rural/urban/agriculture/forest).
This project will work with the community, businesses and government agencies to implement the project strategies. These strategies include revegetation, infrastructure construction and building community knowledge. Activities will include:
• Clean up the site and revegetate the site with local plant species
• Stabilising the river banks by planting native species
• Organize and conduct training for site staff, NLTA and the community in first aid, disaster management, climate change adaptation and tour guiding
• Rebuild the timber bridge to improve access.
• Restore the waterfall pools
• Upgrade site - repaint site offices, install solar panels, repair fence, replace damaged material/equipment, install benches and install security system.
• Restoration of nature trail
The project will benefit the entire local community of North Leeward who depend on the tourism attraction of Dark View Falls for their livelihoods. These include direct beneficiaries such as site attendants, tour guides, taxi drivers, and restaurants and bars, but economic benefits also flow through the whole economy of this area. Dark View Falls is also a stunning natural attraction for visitors, locals and all Vincentians who value its beauty, peace and rich environment.
The project will be monitored and evaluated by the group with assistance from the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority, Forestry Department and the Ministry of Transport and Works. Techniques used will be photos, site visits, visitor surveys and a documentary film which will show the progress of the project before, during and after. Lessons learnt will be disseminated through websites, newsletters, meetings and reports.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
North Leeward Tourism Association
Country:
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Area Of Work:
Community Based Adaptation
Biodiversity
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,652.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 29,365.00
Project Number:
STV/SGP/OP5/Y3/CORE/LD/14/04
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Many people depend on the site for their livelihoods, including the site staff, tour guides, taxi operators and restaurants and shops that cater for tourists in North Leeward (particularly Chateaubelair). The site is a highlight of St Vincent and very important to the economy of the local area, as well as being a place of outstanding natural beauty. The project creating opportunity for sustainable livelihood for a wide cross section of persons once restored to its former glory.
Notable Community Participation
NLTA is one of the most outstanding NGO in North Leeward and has worked with the several NGOs, Regional and International Donors, private sector and government agencies to execute the following projects: • Youth Path Project • Whaling Protection Project • Richmond/Lasham Recreational Park These projects would have generated socio-economic benefits to the people of that region, which ssuggest their full integration in the community. For this project: town hall style community meeting was held in March 2014. Over 20 people attended and they showed a keen interest in this project and made suggestions to improve the site. Minutes attached. • NLTA group members have had informal discussion with community members about the project.
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Grantee Contact

Mr Clairmond Derrick
Phone: 1784 433 9963
Email: nltasvg@yahoo.com
 

Address

Chateaubelair, Chateaubelair Post Office
North Leeward , VC0300

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tasheka Haynes
Email:

Address

P.O. Box 2338, SeaBreeze Bldg. Arnos Vale
KINGSTOWN, CARIBBEAN