Proposed South Coast Marine Management Area - Villa Point to Johnson point (Canash)

The National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority, in conjunction with the Fisheries Division in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Forestry, Fisheries and Industry, would host the following activities of the Proposed South Coast Marine Management Area project: 

§   National Consultation at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall in Calliaqua, Thursday 12th November 2015, from 5:30 pm.

§   National Tertiary Level Debate at the Community College Lecture Hall, Villa, Thursday 19th November 2015, from 5:00 pm. (In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture for Tourism Month 2015.)

The coastal and marine resources of the Proposed South Coast Marine Management Area (SCMMA) are the foundation of several livelihood activities. This area encompasses the coastal and marine areas from Villa Point to Johnson point (Canash).  This area includes three (3) major bays (Indian Bay, Calliaqua, and Blue Lagoon), three (3) river basins and several coastal communities.

The Marine Management Plan proposes a heavy emphasis on community and stakeholder involvement, livelihood opportunities and biodiversity conservation.

The theme: ‘Preserving Biodiversity and Pride in the South Coast Community’ 

Slogan: The South Coast Marine Management Area - It’s a Beautiful Thing.

National Consultation:

This National Consultation for the Proposed South Coast Marine Management Area’s Management Plan is aimed at:

§   Sensitizing stakeholders on the Management Plan; including recent work completed on the Mooring, and Zoning and legal aspects of the plan 

§   Gathering input - views/issues/concerns through active participation for inclusion, to enable the design of a sustainable and implementable management plan to coordinate the future activities of the area.

§   Discussing livelihood issues which now exist, and exploring non-traditional and alternative sustainable livelihood opportunities; providing residents with information re the socio-economic and ecosystem based conditions.

National Tertiary Level Debate: 

Students Debate Topic:

§   From the mountain to the sea: advancing a socio-economic and ecosystem-based approach is critical to the sustainability of the South Coast Marine Management Area.

Main Objectives:

§   Raise awareness among the students and general public, about the Marine Protected areas, to highlight the, importance of marine and coastal biodiversity conservation and the value of public involvement in the process South Coast Marine Management Area.

§   Stimulate interest, participation and support for the establishment of the Marine Management Area through environmental education, the engendering of local pride and the implementation of the Management Plan

Stakeholder participation is very important for the success of this project. 

South Coast Marine Management Area (SCMMA) Project Background:

A relative abundance of Elk-horn corals, seagrass beds, and mangroves is found in the Proposed South Coast Marine Management Area (SCMMA). This triad of marine ecosystems and habitats are considered ideal for ecosystem health and resilience. However these resources are being impacted by land- and sea-based sources of pollution, unplanned development, unsustainable fishing practices, incompatible use and the effects of climate change among others. An effective monitoring and research programme buoyed by a good communication strategy and plan is needed to give validity to the need to conserve the area’s biodiversity, and to support efforts, to ensure that the goals and objectives of the SCMMA program would be realised and sustained.

The coastal and marine resource of the Proposed SCMMA is the foundation for several livelihood activities within the area. These include diving, fishing and tourist accommodation, among others. The Plan proposes several non-traditional, alternative additional and sustainable livelihood opportunities.

The area is to be called a marine management area with a heavy emphasis on stakeholder involvement. For this reason, the evolution of the Zero Draft Management Plan stands on four (4) major pillars, namely: i) A co-management structure ii) a strong economic/financial  base iii) sustainable livelihoods and iv) ecosystem-based management, with an emphasis on biodiversity conservation and the ridge to reef approach.

South Coast Marine Management Area SCMMA project is part of Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) Component 2, with a focus on Management of Coastal Resources and Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in the Caribbean, this is a regional project which is being implemented by other Caricom countries, namely, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia. It is being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of CARICOM, with assistance from Gesellschaft für Organisation (GOPA), with funding from German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).