Developing a Bat Conservation Approach for St. Kitts Through Awareness-building, Community Participation and Research
Developing a Bat Conservation Approach for St. Kitts Through Awareness-building, Community Participation and Research
Today, Kittitians know little about bats of the island, and have a great fear of them, due in part to misinformation, limited awareness, knowledge, and ecology of the species, and a disconnect from their surrounding natural environment. The disconnect and the anxiety they often cause contribute to a lack of available information, local research and institutional know-how, capacity and passion for the conservation, management and protection of the species and their habitats, since this social and cultural environment engenders little interest in the conservation and management of bats.

The overall goal of this project is:

To encourage the long-term conservation of and a greater understanding and awareness of St. Kitts’ only native mammals—bats, so that there can be sustainable and viable populations, habitats, roost sites, available food and water available.

We need to solve this problem because if we do not know all of the species that are found on St. Kitts, we cannot effectively manage them and their habitats, and due to increasing demands on their habitats, including roosts, food sources, water and flyways, it is likely that in the long-term, they may go extinct. The effects of climate change and sea level rise are added layers of threats that amplify human impacts, and so, getting a handle on the problem now, through capacity building, encouraging research, building institutional and expert human support networks will go a long way towards addressing the problem.

St. Kitts currently has seven known species of bats. They are the only native mammals remaining on the island today. Bats are important contributors to island biodiversity. Therefore, the conservation of bats is critical to the maintenance of other aspects of the island’s fauna and flora. At the moment, bats receive no official protection, and little critical conservation attention from local or federal legislation, authorities and agencies, or the non-government and community based organisations.

The lack of protection for these native mammals is not limited to the Federation, but is also common across many countries, islands and territories of the Eastern Caribbean and the region. This issue can only be solved if it is addressed head on.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
CARIBBEAN YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK - SKN (CYEN SKN)
Country:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,997.16
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 33,066.00
Project Number:
STK/SGP/OP5/Y5/CORE/16/03
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

12 Independence Square Street West,
Basseterre ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Ilis Watts
Email:

Address

Conaree Village, Conaree, St. Kitts (temporary)