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Restoration of the Largest Mangrove Forest & Lagoon in St Vincent and the Grenadines begin.

Union Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines – In 1994, a marine-hotel-golf-course development was initiated within the Ashton lagoon. After a year, in 1995 the project was abandoned. Dredging and the construction of the marina causeway blocked water circulation within the lagoon which led to the loss of significant coastal livelihood resources.

Located on the South Coast of Union Island, at the southern end of the Grenadines, the Lagoon is the largest bay in the Grenadines, the largest contiguous mangrove habitat in the region and one of the last in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The lagoon once held beautiful coral reefs, fishes, mangroves, mudflats and seagrass beds that are now destroyed by the blockage of water circulation within the lagoon.

Restoration work which is led by local NGO Sustainable Grenadines Inc has started in the Lagoon and will create breaches in strategic areas of the abandoned marina piers. This will create water circulation in the area which has been almost stagnant for the last 20 years.

The Phase I activities include the partial excavation of 5 piers to restore circulation of water both in and out of the lagoon area. Excavation activities are expected to take place between November and December 2017.

Arrow shows where openings will be made to increase natural circulation and tidal flow into the Lagoon.

This Phase of the restoration work is funded by The Nature Conservancy, through the Philip Stephenson Foundation and the Grenadines Partnership Fund through The Nature Conservancy.

The project will restore the Ashton Lagoon’s ecosystem, including its mangroves and salt pond habitat to create a conducive environment for fisheries, coral and mangrove and bird habitat, while increasing the coastal resilience to Climate Change.

These improvements are intended to further improve the Ashton community and create an environment for economic opportunities.

Susgren officially launched the project aimed at restoring the lagoon on Friday 18th September 2015 in the village of Jerome, Union Island.

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Largest Mangrove Habitat in St Vincent and the Grenadines to be Restored.

 

 

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