Grenada Fund for Conservation Inc. (GFC) undertakes projects at the school and community level to raise public awareness about the environment, funds and/or leads environmental restoration projects, and occasionally engages in advocacy and lobbying efforts aimed at effecting necessary legislative changes that offer greater protection to endangered national and trans-boundary species.
Cleanup, Environmental awareness, Public involvement
GFC has been involved in several environmental cleanups for the last few months. We joined the Sandals Foundation team for their International Coastal Cleanup of the St. John’s River estuary on Saturday September 22nd. This inspired us to organize our own cleanups of our projects sites a few months later.
BirdSleuth Girl Guides and Boy Scouts
Bird Watching, Citizen Science, Youth Groups
In 2018, we held two more BirdSleuth workshops, this time targetting established youth groups to participate.
The Girl Guides Association and Boy Scouts Association were hosted for two separate workshops, in February and July respectively, in which they received a crash-course in bird-watching and bird conservation.
Both groups are scheduled for a bird-watching field trip next week as the final component of their workshop!
At The Water's Edge (AWE)
Ecosystem Based Adaptation, Conservation, Mangrove, Reefs Restoration
The At Water’s Edge (AWE) project was implemented by The Nature Conservancy in collaboration with partners in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. The project’s main goal is to demonstrate that governments and communities of small island states can enhance their resilience to climate change by protecting, restoring and effectively managing their marine and coastal ecosystems and strengthening local capacity for adaptation.
It began in 2014 and concluded in June 2018.
Restoration and Community Co-Management of Mangroves (RECCOMM)
Ecosystem Based Adaptation, Conservation, Mangrove Restoration
The RECCOMM Project was implemented in the Telescope Big Bay area. Initiated by the Forestry Department and the Environment Divison of the respective Ministry of the Government of Grenada, this project is being funded by the German government. GFC was contracted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ) to be the implementing partner.
The project aims to stimulate sustainable development in the community through the restoration of the mangrove ecosystem and building community capacity for its maintenance and protection.
Bird Watching, Citizen Science, School Curriculum
GFC, Education Conservation Outreach (ECO) and Kido Foundation collaborated once again to host a second BirdSleuth Workshop, this time in the Sister Isle of Carriacou. It catered for the teachers in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, who could not participate in the first workshop held in Grenada. Hosted at Kido Foundation, it was unique in that it combined the cirriculum of bird education with Sea Turtle Conservation.
The project is supported by Birds Caribbean, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and was part of the UNDP/SGP/GEF project "Biodiversity Conservation in Carriacou through Nesting Sea Turtles and Wetland Bird Monitoring".
Bird Watching, Citizen Science, School Curriculum
Grenada Fund for Conservation Inc. (GFC), Education Conservation Outreach (ECO) and Kido Foundation collaborated to host a BirdSleuth Workshop, with the theme “Engaging youth in science and conservation through Caribbean Birdsleuth.”
The project is funded by Birds Caribbean under a project funded by United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Fund (NMBCA).
Community Based Restoration and Management of the Mangroves of Woburn Bay MPA
Mangrove Restoration, Ecosystem, Bird Watching
In early 2009 GFC signed contracts with GEF-SGP, Barbados and the OECS and The Nature Conservancy (Eastern Caribbean Program) to implement a jointly funded US $106,000.00 mangrove restoration project, “Community Based Restoration and Management of the Mangroves of Woburn Bay MPA”.
Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC)
Birds, Census, Waterbird, Birdsleuth, BirdsCaribbean
In 2011, GFC Inc was funded by the Society for the Conservation and Study or Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) for a project aimed at increasing support for NMBs and wetland conservation in the Caribbean region by promoting monitoring of NMBs as a means to improve science-based conservation planning and adaptive management of birds.
Grand Etang Viewing and Wildlife
Grand Etang, Wildlife, Forest, Reserve, Tourism
Established in 1906, the Grand Etang Forest Reserve is the oldest and largest protected area in Grenada. The focal point of the forest reserve is the 36-acre Grand Etang Lake, which is surrounded by a rainforest which holds a diversity of flora and fauna. The reserve attracts tens of thousands of people annually who engage in rigorous expeditions, tours and hikes. The lake is the major water source of fresh water for much of the island and support eh parishes surrounding it.