Building Benefits for Nature and People: Strengthening NGOs for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods
Building Benefits for Nature and People: Strengthening NGOs for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods
The goal of this project is to support the programmes of NGOs and CBOs in their quest to help conserve the terrestrial and marine environments of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and to promote sustainable livelihoods for its people. SusGren emphasis on civil society strengthening (capacity) is directly tied to the GEF SGP Strategic Project concept objective which states to “make effective use of the built up capacity of local NGOs, CBOs and communities for replication of successful technologies and approaches.”

SusGren will utilize GEF SGP funding to implement some of its ongoing programmes, to include the following: To strengthen NGOs and CBOs throughout SVG so they can play a better role in natural resource management. Programs under this objective will include some of the following: Institutional Self Assessment (ISA) for five (5) NGOs, Five Mini-projects to NGOs and registration of five new NGOs to prepare them for applying for GEF SGP and the development of five GEFSGP by participating NGOs before the completion of the project, among other activities.

The other major component of the project includes the enhancement of Ashton Lagoon for the restoration of socio-economic and environmental benefits for Union Island and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In 2010 SusGren received funding from the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grants (administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service), for a project entitled: “Building benefits for birds and people: Ashton Lagoon Restoration, Phase II”. The bulk of the NMBCA funding is allotted to modelling, engineering, and executing 5 or 8 excavations along the Causeways to return natural current flow to the area. Further actions that are needed will add livelihoods and sustainable tourism opportunities to Union Island and includes; An Adaptive Management and Monitoring Framework Workshop, implementing sustainable tourism activities, finalizing engineering designs for restoration and monitoring programs for birds, fish / reefs, water quality, and vegetation before, during and after the restoration.

From meetings with technical agencies of the government recommendations were made for the following pre restoration activities which the GEF SGP funding will be utilized for. The activities requested are not covered by the USFWS and TNC funding:

SusGren will utilize GEF SGP for four components:
1) Improving local participation in ecosystem monitoring and management,
2) Implementing a community vision for sustainable tourism and building a “Matrix of Opportunity,” 3) Adaptive management planning for Ashton Lagoon,
4) Finalizing the engineering designs and scope of works for restoration.

Getting permission to commence restoration have been delayed for a few years however the government has given their commitment to give SusGren a license to enter Aston Lagoon and conduct restoration and the associated activities. After months of following up with government we are pleased to report now, that we have gotten approval from government to go ahead with the restoration of Ashton Lagoon.
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Project Snapshot

Sustainable Grenadines Inc (SusGren)
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 150,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 200,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 184,074.06
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Increase awareness of the importance of mangrove and salt pond ecosystems in Union Island, by publishing media articles, distributing brochures, celebrating international Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival and International Migratory Bird Day, holding bird identification workshops and guiding.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Many people in the Grenadines depend on the sea as their major source of livelihoods. Protection and restoration of our ecosystem will promote healthier reefs and sustained fisheries as well as other tourism related livelihoods. The project will employ at least 5 persons throughout its lifespan and also through the dvelop sustainable local tourism and livelihood opportunities for local people (including Union Island and Ashton Lagoon wetland )
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Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator


Front Street
Clifton, Union Island , Southern Grenadines , VC0470

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tasheka Haynes


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