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South andros coastal restoration, land degradation and coconut project

June 10, 2014

Project Number: BHA/SGP/OP5/CORE/LD/2014/29 Country: Bahamas Area Of Work: Land Degradation Operational Phase: Phase 5 Grant Amount: US$ 28,261.00 Co-Financing cash: US$ 5,500.00 Start Date: 4/2014 End Date: 3/2015 Status: Currently under execution Project Description: The project will focus on a South Andros Island site which is approximately 25,200 square feet (300 ft. by 84 ft.) and is boarded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and a restricted/impacted wetland on the east. The area is located south of the old dock at Munnings Point. The project site is encapsulated in a larger area, estimated at 20 hectares. The land is presently under lease by Nature s Hope for Southern Andros and as this project s objective of coastal restoration is in keeping with NHSA objectives for the area there is synergy between the two regarding the proposed use of the land. The SACR-CP project will remove approximately 40 casuarinas between 1 to 4 feet in diameter, along with other shrub type invasive in the project site. a. Once the invasive species are removed from the coastline (300feet) the area will be replanted with native coastal vegetation (provided through funding by BNT) to help stabilize the coastline and aid in abating the erosion. b. The upper portion of the land will be replanted with coconuts provided by Ministry of Agriculture and sourced from various areas throughout the community. The project site was once an historic coconut grove and there still exist stands of palms along the coast and a few trees on the site. The objective would be to reestablish the coconut grove stands and manage the stands through community training workshops provided by Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) who will provide an Agronomist for the project. The settlement s High school will also utilize the area with its students participating in the management and care of the trees and the native coastal plants through an outdoor classroom experience. OP5 - Objectives 10:2 & 3 Enhance and strengthen capacities of CSO to engage in consultative processes, apply knowledge management to ensure information flows, implement convention guidelines and monitor and evaluate environmental impacts and trends 2. The project will start out with 50-100 additional coconuts being planted on the site and would require that these trees be tended and cared for regularly to prevent the lethal yellowing disease from taking hold. The Ministry of Agriculture will provided training to the students and community members (SAHMA and its partners) in the proper care of the palms. The community will provide a water source to the area to ensure that the trees are able to take hold. The 50-100 additional trees will yield their first crop of fruits in 4-6 years with each tree yielding 40-100 nuts per year. a. The involvement of the school, local Famers Association, and SAHMA members will ensure that the coconut trees and the native coastal plants are managed beyond the life of

Project completion date : 2015-03-31 12:00:00


Address : East Bay Street Nassau, New Providence, P.O. Box N4308 Attn: Mr. Deon Stewart

Country :Bahamas

Financier : Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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