We work at the nexus of sustainable development and adaptation to climate change.  Our projects focus on increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities and vulnerable ecosystems, by working in partnership with local stakeholders, scientific experts, policy-makers and private sector.  Below are some examples of projects we are currently implementing.

Philip Stephenson Foundation

CLEAR is working with the Philip Stephenson Foundation and fishing cooperatives on Petite Martinique, Union Island and Mayreau  to implement a programme of activities aimed at promoting sustainable livelihoods and community-based conservation in the small islands of the Southern Grenadines. The activities include developing opportunities for offshore fishing and seamoss farming by providing assistance for storage and marketing of pelagic fish and value-added seamoss products among tourism operators. The project is also supporting the construction of a solar-powered ice-making plant, large heavy duty coolers and the deployment of fish aggregating devices (FADs).  The aim is to help fishing communities increase and diversify household incomes, while decreasing fishing pressure on the fragile and overfished inshore reefs. The project also includes a water quality and reef health monitoring program for the coastal areas surrounding Petit St Vincent.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

This project is aimed at establishing a coastal ecosystem-based-adaptation monitoring system as part of a larger programme entitled “Building Capacity for Coastal Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) in Small Island Developing States” that is being implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Government of Grenada. The overall long term goal of the project is to strengthen the climate change resilience and adaptive capacity of communities and societies in small island developing states with high dependence on coastal ecosystem services. The project includes the establishment and management of two coral restoration pilot projects that are managed by community stakeholders.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

CLEAR has been commissioned by GIZ to undertake a short study to examine the management of climate change induced loss and damage in artisanal fisheries in the Caribbean. The project is part of a larger programme on “Risk Assessment and Management for Adaptation to Climate Change” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) that is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.  The study will contribute to a better understanding of climate risk management challenges in artisanal coastal and pelagic fisheries and aquaculture, and provide recommendations regarding portfolio development for international and German Development Cooperation. These considerations may also address risk transfer mechanisms like climate risk insurance schemes for the fisheries sector. 

J. F. Clarke Consulting

CLEAR has been commissioned by J. F. Clarke Consulting to contribute to the preparation and completion of Grenada’s Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Government of Grenada with regards to Fisheries and Coastal Ecosystems. CLEAR has responsibility for engaging stakeholders, conducting research and analysis, and writing relevant sub-sections in respect of Fisheries and Coastal Ecosystems.  As small island developing states (SIDS), Grenada, and its dependencies Carriacou and Petit Martinique, are particularly vulnerable to climate change.  The islands have extensive shorelines with most development and critical infrastructure located along the coast, making sea level rise and increasing storm surge intensity a real issue, and threats to water resources from changes in rainfall regime and saline intrusion are significant. Its location within the main hurricane belt in the Atlantic Ocean further increases vulnerability to large-scale climatic shifts.