Melville Diana

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Marine Conservation

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Name of organisation: 

The CARIBSAVE Partnership

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Main project your organisation is involved with, in relation to (sub)tropical biodiversity: 

Caribbean fish Sanctuaries Partnership Initiative (C-Fish) -this project aims at helping partners in Caribbean five island states (Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica) to manage and sustain more than a dozen marine reserves from the onslaught of overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and climate change. The four year project began in 2012 in order to give coastal communities the finance, technology and know-how they require to manage their marine sanctuaries effectively and sustainably. Website :

The Climate Change, Coastal Community Enterprises, Adaptation, Resilience and Knowledge (CCCCE-ARK – pronounced “sea-ark”) project, is a two-and-a-half-year initiative to help people who operate small-scale businesses (MSMEs) tackle the storms of climate change and make their businesses more economically viable,climate resilient and sustainable over time. It involves finding ways to deal with the challenges they face, for example water scarcity, drought, flooding and coastal erosion from storm surge and sea level rise. In some ways the project relates to (sub)tropical biodiversity in that it promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of natural habitat to help enhance one's business. The project is piloted in 2 communities in each of 4 countries during this 21/2 year period, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Belize, and Barbados Website:

Good practices your organisation could share on tropical and subtropical sustainable biodiversity management: 




1)To re-establish fish and marine organism populations to greater abundance and diversity 2) To utilise natural marine resources in a sustainable fashion 3) To reduce impacts that adversely affect marine habitats and to ensure the health and maintenance of habitats and the organisms that live in them.

Methodology implemented: 

1) Educational workshops for stakeholders and marine resource users- in an OPEN discussion forum that allows the suggestions and contributions of these users to also taken into account. 2) Training in alternative forms of livelihood- in an effort to allow marine resource users(fishermen etc) to work outside of the fishing industry so that the fish populations can be given a chance to replenish themselves 3)Marine resource monitoring exercises- A scientific study of the fish and other marine wildlife not only provides baseline data essential to mark progress of projects by giving information on fish size and abundance, but also reveals indicators of external factors such as pollution and climate- related warmings that affect marine organism populations. (N.B) -Monitoring must always be constant and efficiently executed. 4) Community and School- based programmes that encourage natural resource management and greater understanding and appreciation of marine habitats.

Existing results: 

1) Job creation- fishers becoming farmers or craftsmen for e.g. In the Sandy Island Oyster Bed, Carriacou, a marine park manager was hired as well as a marine park warden under the project. 2) Creation of local board/NGO that deals with MPA management in Carriacou.

Indicate info on projects dealing with socio-econ. valuation of biodiversity your organisation has been involved in/aware of.: