St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network receives grant
Basseterre, St. Kitts - The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) has been successful in securing a Global Environment Facility- Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP) grant for implementation of the project "Creating Sustainable Livelihoods through Community Based Sea Turtle Conservation in St. Kitts and Nevis."
From Left to right Stephen Duggins, NFP for GEF-SGP; Jay Farrier, Volunteer; Kirsten Thomas, Research Assistant; Dr. Kimberly Stewart, Project Director
In a brief handing over ceremony, Mr. Stephen Duggins National Focal Person (NFP) for St. Kitts Nevis handed over the necessary documents that will allow for the disbursement of EC$47,673.90 or US$17,657.00 to the SKSTMN for implementation of the project.
Mr. Duggins congratulated the recipients and wished them every success particularly as this was the first successful full grant provided by the GEF-SGP in St. Kitts. A planning Grant was made to Nevis Beekeepers Cooperatives Society Ltd in 2006.
Dr. Kimberly M. Stewart, MS, DVM; Project Director indicated that several goals have been outlined for completion under this grant over the next two years, including:
• development and implementation of a turtle friendly certification process for businesses within close proximity to nesting beaches,
• development of a sea turtle ecotour package, ~~Adz:Right~~
• development of alternate employment for sea turtle fishermen and local citizens through craft making and tour guide activities, and
• protection of the two main leatherback nesting beaches.
It was revealed that Members of the SKSTMN will begin delivering presentations on the Program to several communities in January. Schedules of these presentations will be made available on their website at www.stkittsturtles.com and on the Community Calendar at www.sknvibes.com. Additional information can be obtained at 764-6664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) exists to address global environmental problems at the community level. Its objectives are to achieve environmental sustainability, alleviate and reduce poverty, and develop capacity. Projects are approved to address environmental problems, create business opportunities which can generate employment and income, and build capacity for sustainability of these projects. All projects are approved with the long-term in mind and are considered an investment in communities. Projects approved must contribute to the outcomes as stated in the Country Programme Strategy (CPS) for that country.
For those groups that do not have the capacity to develop a Full Grant Proposal, GEF SGP offers a Planning Grant to a maximum of US$5,000. Full Grants are available to a maximum of US$50,000. As a result of the GEF’s co-funding requirements, funded projects can exceed US$100,000 with cash and in-kind contributions from multiple donors, including the grantee, government, and the private sector.
Projects should contribute to the outcomes in the CPS. CPSs can be accessed from the GEF SGP website at http://sgp.boec.org or by contacting the National Focal Person (NFP) for your country or the GEF SGP sub-regional office in Barbados.
To assist groups with developing and implementing projects, GEF SGP has appointed a National Focal Person (NFP) in each country, whose responsibilities include giving technical assistance to groups when requested. Decisions on projects are made in each country by a volunteer group called the National Focal Group (NFG) with members from Community Based and Non-Governmental organisations, the government, the private sector, academia and the media. Groups that need specific technical expertise can also receive assistance the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO/UN), through existing Memoranda of Understanding.