Combating Land Degradation on the Historic New River and Coconut Walk Coastline
Combating Land Degradation on the Historic New River and Coconut Walk Coastline
The rehabilitation of the area will help in the protection of the coral reef by plants acting as a filter system preventing sediments and other foreign objects from washing into the reef system. The plants will also help in creating a much needed buffer zone between the sea and the farming area. The reduction of soil erosion will be achieved and thus preventing the removal of valued topsoil from the landscape. The presence of trees will also mean an increase in the water table level due to an increase in infiltration of water and a reduction in runoff and thus add to our fresh water supply. The trees will act as a wind break thus reducing the wind speed in the area, preventing soil moisture losses, reducing wind erosion and reducing economic losses due to reduced crop damage.

The expected results of the project:
1. Increase in the number of hectares of land where sustainable use, climate proofing and water management practices are employed
2. Increase in number of hectares of degraded land restored and rehabilitated
3. At least one neighbouring community demonstrating sustainable land management
4. At least one community-based environmental monitoring system demonstrated
5. At least 2 neighbouring communities involved in the project
6. Increased income on at least one farm due to improved land and water management practices

The beneficiaries of the project will include New River and Coconut Walk Estates residents, the New River Farmer’s Cooperative, and the communities of Zion’s, Webbes Ground, Hickman’s, Fothergill’s, Harris, Eden Brown and Butlers.
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Project Snapshot

Nevis Historical and Conservation Society
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 150,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 304,331.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Several meetings were convened with the communities. Meetings have been convened with the New River Farmers Coop. Draft project have been discussed with the Department of Agriculture and the Forestry Officer for their input. Members of the Biodiversity and Conservation Committee have spoken to primary schools about the project. Propagating instructions have been given to Education Officer for School Agricultural Programme. Members of the Biodiversity and Conservation Committee of the NHCS have been on several radio programmes, namely, Choice Radio and Von Radio in 2012 and 2013 speaking to the community and building their buy-in for the project.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
i. NHCS will work with the Ministry of Agriculture, New River Farmers’ Co-op and other community groups to detail the goals and objectives of the reforestation project. ii. NHCS will work with Ministry of Agriculture to promote sustainable measures in livestock rearing and crop rotation to prevent soil erosion. iii. We are encouraging support and participation in the reforestation project by all citizens, for the future expansion into other coastal communities. iv. Project will promote the need for environmental awareness, coastal and biodiversity protection and techniques that can be utilized.

Grantee Contact

Mrs Evelyn Henville


Alexander Hamilton Museum, PO Box 563
Charlestown ,


SGP Country office contact

Ms. Ilis Watts


Conaree Village, Conaree, St. Kitts (temporary)