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Marine conservation through Ridge-to-Reef approach in Grenada
by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (United Nations entity)
The project titled as "Implementing a Ridge to Reef approach to protecting biodiversity and ecosystem functions within and around protected areas in Grenada", financed through the Global Environment Facility and co-finannicng sources, aims at providing multiple global and local benefits by strengthening land, forest and reef management processes (eco-systems functions) and biodiversity conservation on all terrestrial landscapes and marine and seascapes in Grenada, especially within and around marine and terrestrial protected areas (MPA/TPA).

This will be achieved through a multi-focal strategy having a Ridge to Reef approach that increases protected areas management effectiveness and applies targeted land management practices to include: (i) Development of a policy-based legal, planning and institutional /regulatory framework in support of a sustainably managed network of terrestrial and marine protected areas; (ii) Development and management of landscapes and seascapes by adopting the approach of integrating sustainable land/forest management (SLM/SFM) principles and practices; (iii) By piloting SLM/SFM practices in the Annandale/Beausejour watershed to minimize land degradation that would impact downstream landscapes and seascapes.

The components of the project directly relevant to implementation of SDG 14 include the following:

A legal and regulatory framework for management of PAs: Existing legal and regulatory provisions for MPAs will be reviewed and adjusted to ensure consistency with current requirements for active and effective management
Expansion of protected areas system: The project envisions a long-term solution to the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems functions through the implementation of strategic integrated management plans for MPAs with their adjacent landscapes and seascapes. To this end, 3 existing and 4 new MPAs will be converted into 7 fully-functional MPAs.

Management of expanded PA network institutionalized: PAs will be mainstreamed as a key instrument in a programmatic approach to the management and conservation of the biodiversity and ecosystems function in Grenada in close collaboration with NGOs and community-based organizations.
Climate resilient sustainable land management practices applied in the Beausejour watershed to reduce threats adjacent to and upstream of PAs: Climate resilient technologies will be developed and implemented by local area communities on 1,527 Ha. of Beausejour watershed leading to improved habitat integrity in the Annandale Forest Reserve as well as nearby MPAs. This intervention is expected to reduce sediment load and fertilizer/pesticide carriage by about 15%.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Fertilizer use efficiency
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): Pesticides
  • 15% reduction in turbidity at two MPAs downstream of Beausejour 15% reduction in pesticide and fertilizer levels at two MPAs downstream of Beausejour
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
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Fisheries Division applying integrated natural resources management principles and practices using enhanced law and/or regulations within 2 years 1,301 Ha. of seagrass and 5,095 Ha. of reef areas maintained or increased, at least 3 communities adjacent and upstream of MPAs are engaged through co-management
Climate resilient sustainable land management practices applied in the Beausejour watershed to reduce threats adjacent to and upstream of terrestrial and marine protected areas
February 2020
Establishment and effective management of new and existing protected areas
Financing (in USD)
18,458,488 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: February 2015 - February 2020
Government of Grenada, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Gabor Vereczi, Regional Technical Specialist, gabor.vereczi@undp.org,
UNDP Regional Hub for Latin Amrica and the Caribbean, Panama
Other SDGs
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