The Greater Grenville Area is one of the most vulnerable areas in Grenada in terms of sea level rise and other hazards of climate change. The area includes four coastal communities (Grenville, Marquis, Soubise, and Telescope) which are home to over 5,000 residents. Many of them make their livelihood from farming, fishing, and activities such as construction and sea-moss farming. Along the five-plus miles of coastline in this area, the effects and ravages of natural phenomena are evident. The communities are totally exposed.
The communities’ traditional knowledge tells us that the coastline was once completely sheltered by mangrove trees. The forest acted as a buffer between the land and the sea, and provided habitat for fish and other creatures. It also provided a natural anchorage for residents’ fishing vessels.
To help bring back the forest and its benefits, Seacology is providing funding for a mangrove nursery. Residents will get training in how to collect and propagate seedlings, and will eventually transplant and monitor their growth and survival rate.