iLAND Resilience Thematic Areas

Drought Mitigation and Food Security

It is known that by increasing organic matter in the soil one will improve soil aeration, soil water conservation, and soil productivity in general. The GCCA supported activity in Anguilla entitled “Streamlining green waste through composting for improved sustainable soil management”, will use appropriate combinations of composting technology, to develop high quality compost for local food production, build agricultural drought resilience, and enhance food security. Livelihoods will also benefit through practical waste minimisation, lower carbon footprint, and increased agro-biodiversity.

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  • GrenadaDevelopment of Rainwater Harvesting Systems
  • AntiguaFacility Establishment to Streamline Green waste Through Composting

Water security

Activities under this thematic area are aimed at enhancing the capacity of participating Member States to sustainably access adequate quantities of quality water for sustaining livelihoods, food production, health and sanitation, and for preserving ecosystems. Towards this end, the GCCA project is supporting a solar powered Rain water harvesting system for irrigation on Montserrat, and safe potable drinking water in schools, hospitals, and senior citizens’ homes in Grenada.

  • MontserratBotanical Gardens Micro-irrigation System - Montserrat
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Flood Mitigation/ Management

This area of GCCA supported interventions involves the management and control of flood water movement. At Sandy Ground in Anguilla, there is the installation of a Control Mechanism for the Inflow and Outflow of Water at the salt Pond. In Montserrat, It’s the management of flood water often resulting in landslides, soil erosion and sediment loss in areas affected by the Collins and Caines rivers and associated tributaries.

  • MontserratCollins Ghaut Slope Stabilisation
  • AntiguaInstallation of a Flood Control System to Facilitate the Inflow and Outflow of Flood Water from the Sandy Ground Salt Pond
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Watershed/ Forest Rehabilitation

The GCCA project has provided resources to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to assist with the Implementation of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan, which is primarily aimed at restoration and maintenance of natural forest cover and watershed stability for the Upper Cumberland and Perseverance Watershed regions.

  • St. Vincent & the GrenadinesRestoration of Natural Forest in Perseverance Watershed
  • St. Vincent & the GrenadinesCumberland Integrated Watershed Management Project - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Slope Stabilization

This thematic area involves the application of physical methods such as retaining walls, drop structures, and sabo dams or bioengineering approaches such as terracing, grassed waterway, and tree planting or, a combination of the two. The aim of these measures are mainly to manage runoff, stabilize slopes, and reduce erosion. The GCCA project interventions include soil erosion management for farmers at Duck Pond and Blake’s Estate in Montserrat, the promotion of Mango Biodiversity preservation in Saint Lucia so as to secure the ecosystem services it provides in regulating slope failure, soil and water loss, and the establishment of a Model Agricultural Demonstration Station to illustrate Sustainable Land Management through Soil and Water conservation measures.

  • St. LuciaAgro-Forestry works for Promoting Mango Biodiversity in Saint Lucia towards SLM, Food and Nutrition Security, and Livelihoods
  • DominicaRehabilitation for Woodford Hill Agricultural Station
  • MontserratSlope Stabilization and Flood Control at Blake's Estate and Duck Pond
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Integrated Watershed and Coastal Management

Under this thematic area, the GCCA supported activities are aimed at emphasizing the physical and environmental inter-connectedness between land, coast, and the sea. In BVI, the intervention is called the “North Shore Integrated Coastal and Watershed Stabilisation Project”. It is located within the neighboring watersheds of Cane Garden Bay and Brewer’s Bay, on the north shore of Tortola. The objective is to attenuate physical damage or potential loss to terrestrial and marine resources arising from extreme climatic events. In St. Lucia, the project seeks to create a model watershed in an urban/semi-urban area that supports sustainable land management and encompasses the ridge-to- reef concept in the Bois d’Orange watershed. The intervention in St. Kitts is entitled “New River Estate Stabilization of Degraded Lands Project” and seeks to rehabilitate and reduce the effects of climate change and human induced degradation on the environment at the New River and Coconut Walk area. It specifically intend to reduce soil erosion through restoration of natural vegetation, use of stone contours and reduce overgrazing through animal control mechanisms, and also decrease coastal erosion through the strategic placement of boulders.

  • St. LuciaCorinth Watershed Slope Stabilization [Lot1]
  • St. LuciaCorinth Watershed Slope Stabilization [Lot 2]
  • St. LuciaCorinth Watershed Drainage System – Saint Lucia
  • British Virgin IslandsBrewers Bay and Cane Garden Bay Drainage Works and Retrofitting of the Cane Garden Bay Sewage Treatment Plant
  • British Virgin IslandsCane Garden Bay Revetment
  • St. Kitts & NevisSt Kitts & Nevis Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control Measures at New River & Coconut Walk Estates (Lot 1 – Revetment)
  • St. Kitts & NevisSt Kitts & Nevis Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control Measures at New River & Coconut Walk Estates (Lot 2 – bioengineering)
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Ecosystem Restoration/ Rehabilitation

Ecosystem restoration is the process of returning an ecosystem as closely as possible to natural conditions and functions. Under this thematic area, the GCCA project is assisting Dominica with reforestation of degraded dry scrub forest ecosystems in three areas using agroforestry methods. These were areas affected by the rapid spread of alien and invasive flora species such as Lemon grass, Glory Cedar, and Zing Zing. It is anticipated that this effort will result in the re-establishment of natural habitats and forest species, including the national endemic flower, the Bwa Kwaib (Sabinea carinalis).

  • DominicaWest Coast Ecosystem Restoration Pilots - Dominica (Lot A - Jimmit)
  • DominicaWest Coast Ecosystem Restoration Pilots - Dominica (Lot B - Tarou)
  • DominicaWest Coast Ecosystem Restoration Pilots - Dominica (Lot C - Scott Head)
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