The Woburn-Calivigny Marine Protected Area, which extends between Woburn and Calivigny Bays, contains the largest intact mangrove ecosystem in Grenada. The mangroves provide critical habitat and erosion protection over three miles of coastline. The area is an important nursery for commercial fish species. It provides nesting, roosting, and feeding areas for resident and migratory birds and provides habitat for native iguanas, snakes, and a variety of terrestrial wildlife. It has been a protected area since 2001.
The Woburn Woodlands Development Organization (WWDO), along with community members, another local NGO, and the national Forestry Department, has begun to restore areas damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. They have also begun programs to clean up litter and promote awareness of mangroves to local and national audiences.
WWDO will ensure the protection of the three miles of mangrove coastline in perpetuity. Seacology is joining their efforts by funding two viewing platforms, four species identification panels, and two general information signs. These platforms and signage will be critical in the ongoing mangrove awareness efforts. These efforts are needed now more than ever, as the region becomes an increasingly popular destination for tourists.