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 Year 2
CLEAR is continuing its collaboration with the Philip Stephenson Foundation to implement a programme of activities aimed at promoting sustainable livelihoods and community-based conservation in the small islands of the Southern Grenadines. The project has initiated a coral restoration programme around Petit Saint Vincent. Six coral nursery tables have been established with approximately 300 colonies of Elkhorn coral. These will be grown for 6-9 months before being outplanted on the outlying reefs. A team of coral gardeners from the island’s resort called the PSV Elkhorn Divers, have been trained to scuba dive and to maintain the nursery. Education and awareness activities are also underway for fishers to become more engaged in reef conservation and restoration. The project activities will include developing opportunities for sustainable livelihoods in the surrounding islands of Mayreau and Union.
CLEAR is partnering with the Sandals Foundation and the Division of Fisheries in St Lucia, on a project called The St Lucia Coral Restoration Programme For Resilient Ecosystems and Sustainable Livelihoods. The objective of this project is to restore populations of Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and Staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) corals at sites inside the Soufriere Marine managed Area (SMMA). The project has established two coral nurseries with over a thousand colonies that will be transplanted to selected reefs in early 2018. The partners are also developing a sustainable financing mechanism with Sandals in order to sustain the involvement of local stakeholders, dive operators and fishers in the nursery and outplanting programmes.
The rapid spread of the invasive lionfish in the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea has reduced native reef fish numbers by up to 80% in some locations and is reducing the resilience of coral reef ecosystems that are already threatened by overfishing, pollution and climate change. The CLEAR team will work with the Division of Fisheries in St Lucia, the Travel Foundation and local stakeholders to implement a programme of activities aimed at increasing the volumes of locally-caught lionfish to hotels and restaurants. The project will focus mainly on fishers from the communities in the South of St Lucia, which account for at least 60% of national lionfish landings but have few supply chain linkages with the tourism sector in the north of the island. The project hopes to directly contribute to the sustainability of local fishers’ livelihoods and to the resilience of coastal ecosystems threatened by this invasive species.
Ministry of Education, St Lucia
A new project coordinated by the Saint Lucia Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (SLCTVET) in the Ministry of Education and implemented in partnership with CLEAR Caribbean Ltd. and the Fisheries Department of the Government of St Lucia and the Sandals Foundation. This project will establish the first National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in coral restoration that will allow community members to gain formal and recognized training. This NVQ will use the same approach and core team that successfully developed the NVQ in Sustainable Seamoss Production. The NVQ in Sustainable Seamoss Production, which was established by the staff of SLCTVET, Newton Eristhee of CLEAR and the Government of St Lucia, is now a Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ Level 3) equivalent to an Associate Degree. The project will also expand the current coral restoration activities in St Lucia coordinated by CLEAR to restore populations of critically important and fast-growing Elkhorn and Staghorn corals.