United Nations
Integrated management of marine and coastal resources in Grenada
by Grenada (Environment Division, Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and the Environment) (Government)
As part of the Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS) programme, with support from the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) programme, a coastal zone management policy has been developed for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. It provides a vision for the future use, development and protection of the nation’s coastal zone by setting out policies to guide relationships among resource users, community facilities and

The policy was developed through numerous field visits, consultations and inputs from more than 100 stakeholders, including government and non-government entities across the tri-island state. Grenadian stakeholders contributed through one-on-one interviews, round table consultations, community consultations and focus group discussions to ensure that the important coastal issues of the state were addressed. The result was a truly stakeholder driven policy with a shared vision for the future of the coast.

The policy is accompanied by the delineation of the Coastal Zone Area. This is the area which the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Policy will govern. The delineation was guided by numerous coastal surveys and available data on flooding, storm surges, sea level rise and the location of important zones and infrastructure. The terrestrial border of the zone is demarcated by contour elevation lines and includes important wetland area, areas of biological significance, areas of major socio-economic activity and also areas and activities which have the potential to heavily impact the coast.

A coastal zone task force has been established and is comprised of representatives from various government divisions, statutory bodies and civil society which share responsibility in the management of the coastal zone. This task force was instrumental in reviewing the policy and in the designation of the coastal zone management area. The task force meets monthly and their duties also include assisting with the development of EIAs for coastal development and supporting the Environment Division with coastal issues. The task force will also spearhead the development of appropriate coastal zone legislation including the development of a Coastal Zone Management Act.

Beach profiling workshops were held in January 2016 to train stakeholders on how to properly profile and monitor the beaches around the country. Equipment was procured and handed over to the various Government divisions in order for this data to be continually collected. Priority beaches have been selected for regular monitoring alongside schools and communities.

Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
Drafting of a Coastal Zone Management Act
Other, please specify
The integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Project is funded with support from The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Basic information
Time-frame: 2014 - 2018
Environment Division, Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and the Environment (Government), GIZ (Partnership), UNDP (United Nations entity), UNEP (United Nations entity), The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Mr. Kevin Andall , Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Human Resource Development and the Environment, hrd.environmentgrenada@gmail.com,
Ministry of Education, Botanical Gardens, Grenada
Other SDGs
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