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Caribbean Small Technical Grant

Strengthening of coastal zone management initiatives for the Three Bays Marine Managed Area, Haiti

Marine Protected Area Key Biodiversity Area Transboundary Areas
Management Effectiveness Livelihoods Governance
Local communities Youth/Women Farmers/Fishermen
Enforcement Livelihoods/Alternative Economic Activities Monitoring/Patrol Equipment
92,597.25 EUR Haiti, Caribbean September 19, 2020 - September 19, 2021

Protected and conserved area(s) concerned

Three Bays Marine Protected Area, 555643716

Diagnostic tool used

Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool

The BIOPAMA AC Objective(s) addressed

  • Enhance the management and governance of priority protected areas by addressing existing limitations in human capacity through training as well as equipment need;
  • Support local communities’ initiatives aiming to enhance the livelihoods of local people whilst effectively contributing to protected areas management.

Priority need addressed

Haiti’s marine protected areas are relatively new, with all having been declared after 2013. With either no, or at best, extremely limited resources available, this project will address a critical need to increase capacity human and equipment) to monitor and manage resources within the MPA as well as address the need to provide environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative income generating opportunities for local stakeholders in order to enhance local management of the marine protected area.

Project activities

In order to complete project objectives, members of the Agence Nationale des Aires Protégées (ANAP), Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM), and local university students will be trained in environmental sciences, coastal and marine resources and basic biology, non-lethal (un-armed) environmental law enforcement engagement, laws relating to coastal and marine resources and marine protected areas, and how to operate various types of equipment (boats, motors, snorkelling, and communications equipment).

FoProBiM will provide training to 20 local stakeholders in apiculture as an alternative livelihood and provide them with 100 hives and apicultural equipment in order to begin honey production.

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

Without this project the opportunity to provide a presence throughout the marine protected areas through the training of human resources within ANAP, the Gad Ekolojik, FoProBiM, local universities, and the local communities to begin to ensure proper and sustainable monitoring, surveillance, educational and enforcement activities would remain severely limited, if not non-existent. All of these groups will be provided a total of 10 days of training: 2 days each of environmental; non-lethal (un-armed) environmental law enforcement engagement and laws; how to operate various types of equipment; “water” classes (snorkelling, swimming, etc.), and; field work including wildlife ID, boat patrols, hiking, etc.).

To support the development of presence throughout the MPA the acquisition of equipment to strengthen both ANAP’s and FoProBiM’s capacities to undertake surveillance, monitoring, research, and enforcement activities by increasing their mobility is a crucial component of this project. Without this presence, and the increase in surveillance it affords, the continued illegal and unsustainable exploitation of resources would continue.

The second component of this project is the continued development and strengthening of environmentally friendly and sustainable non-extractive income generating apiculture with 2 local communities and 2 associations to provide livelihood generation in order to reduce unsustainable resource extraction while protecting biodiversity.

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Implementing organisations

Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM)

Photo credits: Jean Wiener

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