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Land management consultation held in Anguilla
Published on November 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Commitment to the ongoing focus on sustainable land management and climate change adaptation in Anguilla was evident from the high level and broad sectoral representation at a land management gap analysis consultation held on Monday.

The gap analysis is an early phase of the EU-funded Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) project in the OECS, which is being championed by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

Big Pond - Sandy Ground management of water levels for public health and disaster mitigation
The technical team comprising resource personnel from the Engineering Institute of the University of the West Indies and the Social and Sustainable Development Unit of the OECS Commission presented the GCCA project and the gap analysis component to a high level government team, which included Christina Scott, governor of Anguilla, and deputy governor Stanley Reid.

The stakeholder consultation led off a two-day country mission to Anguilla with a dual purpose. In the first instance, the activity engaged a broad sectoral stakeholder group on the institutional, technical, and human resource capacity constraints which require reforms essential for sustainable land management in Anguilla. This intervention is especially urgent given the most recent publication of the intergovernmental panel of climate scientists who have reiterated the projected changes and the expected impacts on the critical economic sectors of the small island developing states such as the OECS.

The second area of focus for the discussions was the presentation of physical adaptation pilot project (PAP) proposals for funding consideration under the GCCA. PAP projects may entail initiatives related to water conservation and drought mitigation, flood mitigation, coastline stabilization, ecosystem restoration / rehabilitation. In essence, the PAPs should propose structural interventions that will address physical damage and loss to terrestrial and marine resources or lessen the effect of extreme events or variability caused by climate change.

Sluice gate proposed to manage flow from Big Pond channel to Sandy Ground
To this end, two of the four project concepts presented were encouraged by the technical team. The first is the Upper Shoal Bay East Beach Restoration Pilot, which aims to protect and restore the near shore coral reef system and beach of Upper Shoal Bay East beach and to develop management plans for critical ecosystems and services in the area.

The second is a project to streamline the management of roadside vegetation clearings, crop, livestock and office wastes to create appropriate and affordable soil conditioners using composting and other applicable technology. This initiative will contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security by pre-empting the impact of drought and soil moisture needs.

The second day of the Anguilla mission was dedicated to site visits for firsthand observation of the proposed project areas. The technical team will engage the relevant stakeholders in further discussion on the critical information to be addressed by their proposals if they are to meet funding requirements under the GCCA.

Implementation of the GCCA project will span a four-year period. By the end of the project it is anticipated that projects formulated in response to the gap analysis and pilot interventions will have been fully implemented.
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