Summaries of the proposed NEA chapters are provided below. Potential contributors are invited to review the chapter content, and download the contributor application form, indicating which chapters you would like to contribute to and the role you are interested in for the chapter/s you are interested in. Please email your completed form and cv to [email protected] by June 26th 2020. The proposed outline of the entire NEA Report as detailed in the Scoping Report is available here.
Chapter 1. Setting the scene: Why a National Ecosystem Assessment and how will it contribute to better decision-making? This chapter will outline key concepts and frameworks for connecting biodiversity and ecosystem services to the economic and social resilience of Grenada. It will articulate the challenge of making decisions while trying to balance social, economic and environmental needs, and the importance of tools such as the NEA in supporting decision-making by policy makers. The chapter will outline the NEA goal of equipping a broad range of stakeholders with increased knowledge and tools to promote the inclusion of biodiversity and ecosystem values in national decision making. Finally, the chapter will also describe the scope, rationale and utility of each of the subsequent chapters in the assessment.
Chapter 2. What are the status, trends and threats to Grenada’s forest, coastal, marine, freshwater and agricultural ecosystems and ecosystem services? This chapter will assess the status, extent and health of forest, freshwater, agricultural, coastal and marine ecosystems across Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. It will include an outline of the spatial extent of these ecosystems and a description of how they are changing. This chapter will also articulate the major threats and pressures on Grenada’s biodiversity and ecosystems and provide an overview of the existing policies and institutional frameworks that currently govern the management of Grenada’s natural resources.
Chapter 3. What is the current and projected value of coastal, marine, freshwater and agricultural ecosystem services for the Grenadian economy and human well-being? The current and projected value of coastal, marine, freshwater and agricultural ecosystem services will be assessed in this chapter. The importance of these ecological resources to the economic and social resilience of Grenada will be highlighted, including an analysis of their importance for a range of sectors including agriculture and tourism. These data will in aid future trade-off decisions at the national scale.
Chapter 4. How do Grenada’s ecosystems contribute to climate resilience (food and water security, disaster resilience, climate change adaptation/mitigation)? Grenadians are particularly concerned about the current and future impacts of climate change on their tri-island state and economy. This includes the anticipated impacts of climate change on food and water security and the impacts of high intensity disaster events such as hurricanes. Given this concern, in addition to the economic, social and cultural values outlined in the previous chapter, this section specifically examines value of ecosystems and their services for climate resilience. This includes, for instance, the roles of ecosystems as green-blue infrastructure protecting coastlines during hurricane events or their importance in water security, given the drier conditions anticipated for the Caribbean due to climate change. If supporting data is available, the concept of resilience will be explored at multiple scales including the macro (national resilience) and micro (community resilience).
Chapter 5. What is the value of the genetic resources across the different ecosystem types, in particular, the agricultural landscapes of Grenada? Rich in biodiversity, the Grenadian government and people are aware of the untapped potential of the genetic resources housed in its biodiversity. This chapter will expand on the value of Grenadian genetic resources as both a resource to be directly utilised but also as a potential justification of broader biodiversity preservation to preserve genetic values.
Chapter 6. What opportunities exist to support, enhance and amplify the delivery of ecosystem services for the economic and social well-being of Grenadians? Incorporating science into policy requires the identification of not only negatives but also opportunities for positive change. This chapter will begin with the identification of opportunities and mechanisms for protecting ecosystems and ecosystem services, focusing on policy and financial instruments. Mainstreaming economic valuation into Grenada’s existing policy and plans will be explored. The chapter will then examine mechanisms to amplify the delivery of ecosystem services through ecological restoration, providing guidance as to where restoration would yield the greatest value for the economic and social well-being of Grenadians.
Chapter 7. Scenarios and pathways to a sustainable future.
This chapter advances each of the previous sections, articulating scenarios and pathways of the future based on different levels of biodiversity mainstreaming into decision-making, including deployment of the mechanisms outlined in Chapter Six. These scenarios will be directly followed by recommendations and conclusions on how best to mitigate the negative impacts presented in the scenarios and maximise the possibility of sustainable futures. The report will conclude with an articulation of the next steps to activate its recommendations based on consultation with all stakeholders.