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Caribbean Rapid Response Grant

Sustenance of monitoring, maintenance and operation of the Pointe Sables Environmental Protection Area and the Pigeon Island National Landmark impacted by COVID-19

Marine protected area Terrestrial protected area Key landscape for conservation
Governance Livelihoods
Local communities Farmers/fishermen National/local protected area agency
Illegal activities Threatened species Monitoring/patrol equipment
49,928.00 EUR Saint Lucia, Caribbean May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Protected and conserved area(s) concerned

Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA), 555593009; Pigeon Island National Landmark (PINL), 11846.

The BIOPAMA AC Objectives addressed

  • Enhanced management and governance of protected or conserved areas.

Priority need addressed

The project will address the following priority needs:

  • To increase surveillance of targeted areas within the PSEPA in an effort to reduce illegal activities and conserve natural resources and endangered species;
  • To monitor and protect endemic species and offshore islands within the PSEPA;
  • To improve the monitoring and management of PINL in accordance with COVID-19 response protocols.

Project activities

The project aims to improve the Saint Lucia National Trust’s monitoring and management capacity to continue key conservation initiatives during this period of economic downturn. 

Project activities include the recruitment of rangers and a programme officer for the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) as well as the procurement of surveillance and monitoring equipment for conservation activities within the target areas. Appropriate staff training will be provided in the use of equipment to ensure the conservation of key resources in the PSEPA. Increased monitoring activities and surveys will be conducted for the offshore islands, marine turtles and other endangered wildlife.

National COVID-19 response protocols require increased sanitization of the Pigeon Island National Landmark (PINL) amenities and availability of sanitisation products for use by visitors. This grant will provide funding to procure the required products and personal protective equipment for staff to undertake their duties safely and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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

This project will directly support the management of two protected areas managed by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), namely PINL and PSEPA. The PSEPA is a wide area and with limited human resources, the SLNT is unable to monitor the entire area as frequently as required. As such, the increased capacity to use remote monitoring devices provided by this project will enable more frequent monitoring and capturing of changes within the area.

The project will also facilitate more frequent monitoring of offshore islands and their species to enable early detection and eradication of threats. The increased monitoring of the PSEPA will improve turtle nesting data collection, reduce illegal poaching and improve the hatchling survival rate of sea turtles, especially the leatherback, hawksbill and green turtles.

PINL is the main income generation site managed by the SLNT. The revenue generated from PINL is used to maintain PINL and other protected areas managed by the SLNT. This project will improve the monitoring capacity on PINL and offset some of its COVID-19 related operating costs, thereby helping the SLNT to weather the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and indirectly contributing to the conservation of other protected areas in Saint Lucia.

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Implementing organisations

Saint Lucia National Trust

Saint Lucia National Trust Logo

Photo credits: Saphira Hunt & Jeannine Compton-Antoine, Saint Lucia National Trust

Project Website

https://southofficer.wixsite.com/biopama

Project Articles / Media

The Saint Lucia National Trust trains personnel in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems
The Department of Fisheries hosts Turtle Conservation Training

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