Creating Sustainable Financing and Capacity for St. Lucia Coral Reef Protected Areas

With financial support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Henry Foundation as well as in-kind support from Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, and the Soufriere Community Access Centre, Coastal Quest developed a sustainable financing business plan for the Soufriere Marine Management Association (Association) in St. Lucia. The Association is a self-sustained not-for-profit NGO authorized by the government of St. Lucia to manage both the Soufriere Marine Management Area (SMMA) and the Canaries and Anse La Raye Marine Management Area (CAMMA). The Association is in need of a long-term sustainable funding and financing strategy to finance its operating activities and capitalize on missed opportunities to protect the important ecosystems located within the SMMA and CAMMA. This project worked with Association staff to develop a five year sustainable financing plan to support the Association’s management of the SMMA and the CAMMA, and worked to increase Association staff capacity in regard to sustainable financing. Whenever possible, this project reached out to other MPAs in St. Lucia and the wider Caribbean in order to increase sustainable financing capacity throughout the region.

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