On the island of Grenada, Resilient Islands (RI) is being implemented through three (3) components:
The design and construction of a Climate Smart Fisher Facility
The development of a Water Quality Remediation Plan (WQRP) and the implementation of one (1) pilot action
Environmental awareness and community engagement
Construction for the Fisher Facility will begin in 2022.
The WQRP is being implemented in the four critical watersheds of the Grenville Bay Area (GBA) which drain into Grenville Bay. This plan, encompasses a Ridge to Reef approach, addressing the point and non-point sources of pollution before it reaches to, and have an impact on the Grenville Bay. Critical for its successful development and implementation of the pilot is stakeholder and community engagement and buy-in which is the core of project implementation in Grenada.
Partnership with the Grenada Red Cross Society has provided the avenue for enhanced community engagement and environmental awareness on the issues of climate change, the use of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and Disaster Risk Reduction strategies including tools and methodologies. This has led to the training and certification of stakeholders- Fishers, Farmers, Community Activists and others in First Aid and Community Disaster Response Team Training (CDRT). All of these could not have been possible without the support of the Government of Grenada and its relevant agencies
The engagement of the community members and their buy-in is key to the success of any community-based adaptation intervention
The importance of having current data and how said data is used to convey messages, raise awareness is important
The importance of continuous engagement of stakeholders throughout the entire project phase
Networking and collaboration remain essential-greater output and better use of scarce resources. TNC the technical and IFRC/GRCS the Community partner
Events must be realistic when we build capacity to do something. The opportunity must be there to roll-out the new initiatives or they remain knowledge, then there’s a gap between theory and practice.
Despite the education and skills dispensed, behaviour change is longterm and its difficult to measure the true long-term impact.
THE FUTURE IN GRENADA
The Grenada Red Cross Society (GRCS), through its most precious asset, its volunteers, and with powerful collaborations from experts like the Nature Conservancy (TNC) continues to provide invaluable services to improve lives and reduce risks to impacts of climate change. The relationship between GRCS and TNC rethinks and strengthens the programs by aligning them more closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2030 Strategy of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the National Plan of Sustainable Development of Grenada 2020 by 2035. We believe that this will allow us to make the best use of available resources to meet the needs of the populations we serve.
Story Map Collection
This StoryMap Collection will walk you through the geospatial story of Resilient Islands: how data was collected, what data products are available, and how these layers can be utilized to inform decisions.
At the national level, socioeconomic, environmental, and risk datasets were compiled between the years 2018 and 2020, from multiple sources and summarized by district. These datasets were published as a Decision Support Tool and can be viewed at maps.coastalresilience.org or directly through this StoryMap Collection.
Mapping a Path to Resilience
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