Outcome Assessment and Further Development of St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) Alternative Livelihood and Education Programs
Outcome Assessment and Further Development of St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) Alternative Livelihood and Education Programs
St. Kitts has recorded four species of sea turtles in the area either nesting and/or foraging and these include the leatherback, green, hawksbill, and loggerhead. An open fishing season for sea turtles is active in St. Kitts and Nevis from October 1st through February 28th annually and in addition to this harvest all species face a number of other threats including but not limited to sandmining, vehicular traffic, and development on nesting beaches. In order to address some of the threats facing sea turtles in St. Kitts the SKSTMN initiated work with sea turtle fishermen to develop non-consumable sources of income primarily in the form of Leatherback Ecotourism; Sea Turtle Camp to increase public awareness of the importance of sea turtles to the environment; and a Turtle Friendly Certification Process for establishments within close proximity to sea turtle nesting beaches.

In 2006, sea turtle fishermen in St. Kitts were assessed by the SKSTMN through a survey process to determine the status of sea turtle stocks in the St. Kitts area and to determine the feasibility of developing a local community based ecotourism project focusing on sea turtles. Based on the results of this survey and through GEF-SGP funding, the SKSTMN made the decision to develop alternative livelihoods as a replacement for the harvest, which included a Sea Turtle Technician Program and a St. Kitts Leatherback Ecotour Package.
In 2014 the SKSTMN would like to perform an outcome assessment of this ecotourism initiative by surveying former participants to determine if the current package is meeting expectations; the strengths and weaknesses of the program from the visitor perspective; and areas that need further development. Following this assessment the SKSTMN will work with consultants to adjust and implement the changes determined necessary following the outcome assessment.
Turtle Friendly Certification is a program under development by the SKSTMN. It is a voluntary process whereby establishments located on or in close proximity to sea turtle nesting beaches will undergo an inspection process to determine if they are practicing turtle friendly behavior. Practices such as beach lighting, trash removal, vehicular use, habitat modification, and nest protection will be examined for each business. Those that are deemed friendly would receive a certification sticker/sign to display. Those that are not would be offered assistance by the SKSTMN in becoming certified. Tourists (initially cruise ship but eventually information would be available at other tourist locations) would receive a flyer explaining the process so that they could then make the choice to be responsible and patronize only turtle friendly businesses. There would be a bi-annual inspection of the establishments. Annually the business with the highest score and most friendly practices would receive a plaque. The initial design and logo were developed under the previous GEF-SGP the SKSTMN received (2008-2010) and at this time the program will be implemented.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network
Country:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 38,378.89
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 6,222.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 55,450.66
Project Number:
STK/SGP/OP5/Y4/CORE/BD/14/08
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
A survey will be developed to assess the experience ecotour participants have had with the SKSTMN and to determine the feasibility of building out further sea turtle related ecotourism opportunities in the Keys community such as lodging, crafts, food, etc.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
A survey will be developed to assess the experience sea turtle camp participants have had with the SKSTMN and to determine the feasibility of building out further sea turtle related education opportunities islandwide

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

P.O. Box 2298, Cayon Street, Basseterre St. Kitts
Basseterre ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Ilis Watts
Email:

Address

Conaree Village, Conaree, St. Kitts (temporary)