Andre Joseph-Witzig is a Grenadian environmental specialist and is a recent graduate of the Master’s program in Coastal Science and Policy at UCSC. He has been closely involved with climate change and coastal zone management in Grenada, working with international agencies such as GIZ and as a Senior Environmental Officer with the Ministry of Climate Resilience. He has supported the development of policy and legislation on island, including the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Policy and the Coastal Zone Act. He has spearheaded data collection in the coastal zone, and has worked with schools and technical staff on community co-management, beach profiling, and ecosystem-based adaptation, including both coral reef and mangrove restoration projects.
His Master’s research focused on piloting the use of drones and photogrammetry to monitor beaches and erosion in Grenada. As part of his Capstone project, he also worked closely with the Natural Capital Project to apply the InVEST coastal vulnerability model to Grenada to inform valuation of coastal ecosystem services and provide guidance for coastal zone management. He also provided support to the consultants developing the Marine Spatial Plan for Grenada under the CROP project.
Andre has represented Grenada at the international level including at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties held in Paris and Morocco and at the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Bonn as part of the official country delegation. He has attended trainings and capacity building workshops with the OECS, the Singapore Environment Institute and the German Academy for International Cooperation. These covered topics such as ecosystem-based adaptation, ecosystem disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
His main research interests include empowering and supporting coastal communities and mobilizing data collection for sound decision making