Attacking land degradation and erosion of the recreational area in Owia, including the playing field and Owia Salt Pond Recreational Site.
Attacking land degradation and erosion of the recreational area in Owia, including the playing field and Owia Salt Pond Recreational Site.
This project will be addressing the issues of climate change, land degradation and pollution in the vicinity of the Owia playing field. There is a significant amount of soil erosion at the Owia playing field (see pictures below). When there is a storm, the rain and wind wash the soil downhill across the oval, the road and towards the Owia Salt Pond site. The land is unable to cope with large amounts of rain or wind, so soil and pollution is washed across the land and eventually into waterways and the ocean. If nothing is done, eventually soil erosion will threaten people’s houses, the playing field and the road, as well as impacting on local waterways.
The factors which have contributed to some of the above issues include poor drainage, lack of vegetation and illegal dumping of garbage. The project goal is - To reduce land degradation, increase biodiversity and reduce pollution at the Owia playing field while enhancing community environmental knowledge and action. In order to achieve this goal the Owia Salt Pond Management Committee proposes to:
1. Reducing soil erosion at project site by about 75% over the next three years.
2. Decreasing of pollution at project site by 60% over the next three years.
3. Increasing knowledge of climate change and pollution in Owia by training 360 participants over the next three years
4. Increase the carbon sink in Owia by planting 12 trees and 50 plants at the project site.
The project intends to improve the environment surrounding the playing field and develop environmental community action in Owia. This will help to improve community level actions and practices to reduce negative impacts in land use frontiers of agro ecosystems and forest ecosystems (Outcome 7.1 of the GEF Country Program Strategy). Activities under the project will include:
• Construction of upper retaining wall
• Rebuilding the lower retaining wall
• Constructing a drainage system (see plans below)
• Regrassing the field
• Constructing toilet block
• Placing of bins in area
• Facilitate workshops about pollution and climate change
• Conduct survey on climate change and pollution
• Planting 12 trees and 50 plants
The project is estimated at a cost of $223 967XCD ($82 951USD) with in-kind contributions and cash contributions of $104 379 XCD ($38 659 USD) source from Owia Salt Pond Management Committee and co-funders, along with a GEF contribution grant of $119 588 XCD ($44 292 USD).
Community members and an internal management team will participate fully in the implementation of the project. Both males and females will have an equal opportunity to be employed in the construction of the project and also to assist in monitoring and evaluating of the project. The internal management team will facilitate meetings and workshops at various stages in the project timeline to inform and educate community members about pollution, climate change and the importance of the environmental sustainability of the site.
Upon completion of this project the entire community will benefit since most persons in the village are involved in local sports and will be the main users of the site. The new and improved playing field and facilities will foster a sense of ownership and social cohesion among villagers, thus ensuring that the project remains environmentally sustainable.


Project Snapshot

Owia Salt Pond Management Committee
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 44,292.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 38,659.00
Project Number:
Project Terminated Before Completion
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
The composition of the Organization includes 9 males and 5 females. The project seeks to include both gender and create equal capacity building and livelihood opportunities for men, women and youths.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The project is ecological sustainable as it focuses: • Re-vegetate the site and stabilise the embankment with local plant species. • Increasing local knowledge of climate change adaptation, disaster management The project site is connected to the Owia Salt Pond Recreational Park, and forms the centre of attraction and recreation for the residents of Owia and local and international tourists alike. Conserving the natural, aesthetic, beauty of this national landmark, would not only reduce erosion and that threaten the park facilities, road and adjacent houses and water ways but secure livelihoods for locals. Many people depend on the recreational site and playing field for their livelihoods, including the site staff, local clubs and CBOs, tour guides, taxi operators and restaurants and shops that cater for visitors to Salt Pond Recreational Park in North Windward. This recreational zone 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 properly restored.
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Grantee Contact

Mrs. Ingrid Lavia


Sandy Bay P.O ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tasheka Haynes


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