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Caribbean Small Technical Grant

2021 METT Assessment Baraderes-Cayemite Marine Protected Area

Marine Protected Area Key Biodiversity Area
Management effectiveness Livelihoods
Local Communities Farmers/Fishermen Indigenous People
Survey/Data Knowledge Management
19,992 EUR Haiti, Caribbean 30 November 2021 - 29 April 2022

Protected and conserved area(s) concerned

Baraderes-Cayemite Marine Protected Area

The BIOPAMA AC Objectives addressed

To facilitate a METT assessment within the Baraderes/Cayemite Managed Natural Resources Protected Area, comparing the results from the 2019 METT assessment report, to evaluate the changes that have occurred within the 3 years. Goals also include generating interest, input, and involvement among stakeholders and civil society groups, to assist with developing a plan of action that will benefit the marine ecosystem and the local population. This will be used to effectively manage and monitor the Baraderes/Cayemite Managed Natural Resources Protected Area with ANAP.

Priority need addressed

The priority needs are to further assess the Baraderes-Cayemite Managed Natural Resources Protected Area as there was a previous METT assessment in 2017, which was a baseline assessment. That METT assessment report concluded that there were major challenges in managing this protected area and that these assessments should be conducted every year to monitor progress and provide guidance to improve the management of this protected area. Like the other protected areas of Haiti, the Baraderes-Cayemite Managed Natural Resources Protected Area is quite young and requires very effective interventions that enable the implementation of an adequate management system to deal with the multiple threats facing the biodiversity of the system.

Project activities

The project will involve the development  of a 2021-22 work plan that adheres to the specific goals and criteria required of the METT assessment. The questionnaire that was administered during the previous 2019 METT assessment report, which  includes 30 questions with an associated score to measure progress will be reused.  There will also be an area for notes and comments associated with each question to elaborate on the rationale for the evaluation, the sources used and the steps to be taken to improve management.  In addition, greater emphasis will be placed on the threats and issues facing the endangered megafauna that inhabit the Baraderes/Cayemite Natural Resources Protected Area  and the need for outreach/marine education. The surveys will incorporate those areas of concern.  Key sites within the Baraderes/Cayemite Natural Resources Protected Area will be identified to conduct workshops where surveys can be distributed to representatives of stakeholders and local civil society groups.  Three (5-day) workshops will be conducted with the key stakeholders to gather data and information.  The participants will include on-site NGOs, protected area-related agency members (ANAP), community organizations in the area, fishing associations, and other key participants with some influence or dependence on the protected area.

 

The change the project implementation will bring for the protected area(s)

By conducting the METT assessment within the Baraderes/Cayemite Managed Natural Resources Protected Area, the needs of the local communities and the long-term protection of the protected area with them as the primary stewards and beneficiaries will be addressed. This will lead to positive benefits of better management of the park on the fisheries, coastal ecosystems, and livelihoods. By evaluating the needs of the people, we will increase knowledge and capacity in monitoring, protecting, and coastal resources; reduce unsustainable fishing practices. This will better protect the cultural and natural heritage, cave, beach, islet, endemic species, mangroves, on the protected area of greatest biological value in Haiti and promote the resilience of communities in the coastal area and watersheds to climate change. This will strengthen the technical capacity of stakeholders and develop and implement a management plan that includes allocating a budget for the complex are all other priorities chosen for better management of the park, fishing practices to ensure sustainable seafood, and job security for community members. 

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Implementing organisations

Fondation Haiti Ocean Project and Aquadev

Photo credits: ©  [Eladio Fernandez]

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