Grand Bahama Beach Dune Restoration Project
Grand Bahama Beach Dune Restoration Project
The Grand Bahama Sea Oat Restoration Project is a project that has the potential to help with restoration of sections of coastline that were destroyed during the passage of hurricanes Matthew and Dorian. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Sea Oats are an extremely valuable plant for coastline and barrier island protection. By harvesting plants that come from a similar ecosystem on the island, the rate of growth and adaptability of these plants should be very good, requiring minimal care for them to repopulate and start new colonies where needed. Harvesting plants locally also reduces costs that may be associated with importing plants from foreign nurseries. The project is also designed so that local science teachers or leaders of environmental youth groups could easily leverage this project as an outdoor classroom to give children experience with scientific field work that has a positive purpose and has a direct positive impact to their local community. On a more global scale, the project has clear ties to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and directly support items #13 and #15 of that overall initiative. The project will allow for an implemented rehabilitation system designed to monitor and manage the restoration of a coastal area within a national park that will be beneficial to people and wildlife, increasing the value of the environmental services by planting sea oats to rebuild sand dunes. In addition to the direct beach restoration to take place, the project seeks to create a go-forward manual for Sea Oat-based Beach Restoration which can be used throughout The Bahamas by CBOs and Government. We also hope to work with Government toward improved beach management policies.

Project Snapshot

Water Keepers Bahamas
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 7,500.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 7,500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 18,000.00
Project Number:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
- Develop products, materials and A/V that increases awareness on status of coastal areas and why project is important to the general public and to key stakeholders capable of influencing policy. - Develop consistent, clear and persuasive messaging materials - Work with local press - Build strong social media presence
Capacity - Building Component
A part of the project will be the creation of a digital storage of assessments and reports, this will require training of staff or project leads as well as accessing or subscribing to relevant products. These needs will give us the opportunity to build capacity within the organization and also partner with other CSOs to share expertise, expand our network for information sharing and reporting. It was noted in the Capacity Assessment that these types of training must be institutionally-drive, which position us well for helping to create a good model and templates for these activities.
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