Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean

Alternative Livelihood Opportunities for Coastal Communities in the Eastern Caribbean

This webinar originally aired on 23 June 2016.

To relieve fishing pressure and provide supplementary income to coastal communities surrounding MPAs, the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) is implementing sustainable, alternative livelihood projects on six islands. Supported by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), small livelihood grants were made available to qualified applicants selected by a regional committee. Projects range from eco-tourism cooperatives, agriculture projects, mooring sites, and training a network of fishers and vendors to catch and market invasive lionfish. The projects have effectively equipped displaced fishers and community members with the skills and investment needed to launch micro-enterprises. In this webinar we will hear about the Livelihood Support Fund concept and implementation, as well as from the facilitators of two national projects.

This webinar was presented by Joan John-Norville (Programme Officer, Social and Sustainable Development Division, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States), Michael Savarin (President, Tantan Village Development Corporation in Dominica; and Project Manager, CaMPAM-ECMMAN project), Roland Baldeo (Marine Protected Area National Coordinator, Grenada), and Lucienne Cross (TNC). Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

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