Adapting to a new reality: Managing responses to influxes of Sargassum seaweed in the Eastern Caribbean as ecosystem hazards and opportunities - CLME+ HUB

SargAdapt    Adapting to a new reality: Managing responses to influxes of Sargassum seaweed in the Eastern Caribbean as ecosystem hazards and opportunities

Brief Description:
The project is aimed to reduce the impacts of and improve adaptation to sargassum influxes in the Eastern Caribbean聽with emphasis on converting a climate-linked ecosystem hazard into an asset that supports opportunities for socio-economic development. It is comprised by three components: 1) To develop appropriate management responses to sargassum influxes to lessen damage to coastal and marine ecosystems and human livelihoods based on enhanced knowledge and understanding of patterns and impacts of sargassum influxes. This will enhance stakeholders鈥 knowledge to appropriately respond and adapt to sargassum influxes with good practices. 2) To enhance the technical and institutional capacity of stakeholders to cope with, plan for, sustainably manage, and adapt to sargassum influxes. This will build networks and partnerships among science, industry and community stakeholders to promote best practices and innovation and sustain adaptation to Sargassum influxes. 3) To reinforce the ability of marine and coastal stakeholders for adaptive planning, management and ecosystem and livelihood resilience through practical applications. This will enable Sargassum-Smart Communities with reduced climate risk and tangible climate adaptation benefits.

El proyecto tiene como objetivo reducir los impactos y mejorar la adaptaci贸n a las arribazones de sargazo en el Caribe oriental, con 茅nfasis en convertir un peligro del ecosistema vinculado al clima en un activo que respalde las oportunidades de desarrollo socioecon贸mico. Se compone de tres componentes: 1) Desarrollar respuestas de gesti贸n adecuadas para reducir el da帽o a los ecosistemas costeros y marinos y los medios de vida humanos sobre la base de un mejor conocimiento y comprensi贸n de los patrones e impactos de las arribazaciones de sargazo. Esto mejorar谩 el conocimiento de las partes interesadas para responder y adaptarse adecuadamente a las afluencias de sargazo con buenas pr谩cticas. 2) Mejorar la capacidad t茅cnica e institucional de las partes interesadas para hacer frente, planificar, gestionar de forma sostenible y adaptarse a las afluencias de sargazo. Esto crear谩 redes y asociaciones entre la ciencia, la industria y las partes interesadas de la comunidad para promover las mejores pr谩cticas y la innovaci贸n y mantener la adaptaci贸n a las afluencias de Sargassum. 3) Reforzar la capacidad de las partes interesadas marinas y costeras para la planificaci贸n adaptativa, la gesti贸n y la resiliencia de los ecosistemas y los medios de vida mediante aplicaciones pr谩cticas. Esto permitir谩 a las comunidades Sargassum-Smart con un riesgo clim谩tico reducido y beneficios tangibles de adaptaci贸n al clima.
Lead Organization : CERMES
Donor: Caribbean Biodiversity Fund & International Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Geographic Scope: Multicountry (regional)
Project Status: Ongoing
   Last Update: 19/10/2020

Start Date: 2020-05-01
End Date: 2023-05-01
Official Project Document: SSF_GENDER_PROJECT_ANNOUNCEMENT_FLYER_2020_01_22-1.pdf
Project Profile Manager: Anna Karima Degia
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Partners: st.George Univ., Unv.North Carolina Wilmington, Sir Arthur Lewis Centre (SALISES), UWI sargassum company, CANARI
Grant (USD): $981,393.00
Total co-financing (USD): $0.00
(Co) financing not originating from GEF:
Participating Country(s):
 Barbados  Dominica  Grenada  Saint Lucia  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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