Sustainable Land Management in the Commonwealth of Dominica



The project objective is establishment of landscape level planning, information and coordination frameworks to support sustainable agriculture and sustainable watershed management in Dominica.

Component 1:

Enabling ‘whole island’ landscape framework to plan, monitor and adapt land management:  The project is strengthening the regulatory, institutional coordination and planning capacities required to enable effective implementation of SLM approaches in agriculture and watershed restoration.  The project is consolidating information systems and coordination mechanisms focused on land use planning and sustainable approaches to land management, both to guide policies and land use planning and to support on-the-ground implementation of SLM approaches to agricultural production and watershed restoration.  The project is contributing to capacity building of relevant stakeholders, the creation of protocols for monitoring and evaluation of SLM approaches, and the development and dissemination of technical guides and outreach materials.  The outputs are:

  • Five (5)Parish land-use plans with associated guidelines of implementation
  • A land Information decision support system for use in land use planning, assessment of environmental conditions and trends, and policy development
  • A multi-sector platform for land use planning
  • At least one protocol for monitoring and evaluation of SLM practices
  • One strategic training plan on SLM for institutions with sectorial responsibilities for development and conservation, relevant CSOs, community partners
  • Two knowledge publications on SLM practices.
Component 2:

 Reducing the effects of land degradation on ecosystem services through sustainable land management.  The project is developing technical packages on effective SLM approaches and technologies and provide agricultural extension officers, resource managers, and farmers with training on these approaches and technologies.  The project is working in four targeted Parishes (Saint David, Saint Paul, Saint Joseph and Saint Patrick) that encompass an area of 40,460 ha.  Within this area, the is promoting SLM approaches in agriculture on 2,000 ha of farmland, and SLM approaches in watershed restoration in three watersheds encompassing 4,000 ha.  The project is undertaking education and awareness to increase understanding of LD issues, including new land use planning and new regulations related to land use violations, as well as programs to demonstrate the social, economic and ecological benefits of adopting SLM approaches and thereby generate support for their adoption.  The outputs are:

  • Package of effective SLM approaches & technologies identified in collaboration with relevant national institutions
  • At least 1,500 farmers and local communities with strengthened capacities to implement SLM approaches & technologies in agriculture
  • SLM approaches & technologies implemented in 4 target parishes, and lessons learned consolidated for farmers of at least 40 farms
  • Degraded watersheds in at least 8 villages rehabilitated with native vegetation, based on site specific rehabilitation plans developed in collaboration with local communities
  • Increased public understanding and awareness of LD issues and associated SLM options, and increased support for land use regulations

Small Island Developing States

Participating Countries

In Barbados the project interventions will be concentrated in the communities of Bawdens, Turners Hall and Codington all located in the parish of St. Andrew in the Scotland District Barbados. These communities are engaged in and are promoting organic food production.

Guyana has selected three National Implementation Sites, namely:
REGION 1 – Port Kaituma, which occur along the lower floodplains of the Waini, Aruka, Kaituma, Barima and Barama Rivers, extending up to 65km inland of the coast and abutting abruptly with soils of the crystalline shield uplands;

REGION 10 – the Intermediate Savannahs of North-East Guyana which lies immediately to the South of the coastal plain, extending both east and west of the Berbice River in a South-Westerly direction, and adjoin the upland rain forest regions; and

REGION 5 – the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary area which extends east of the Mahaica River to the west bank of the Berbice River. Given the importance of agriculture, two National Implementation sites— the Intermediate Savannahs of North-East Guyana and Mahaica Mahaicony Abary area—with different micro-climates and physiographic characteristics have been selected on which Climate Smart will be undertaken. One National Implementation site – Port Kaituma has been selected for activities related to the rehabilitation of degraded soil.

In Belize project intervention actions will be concentrated in the northern districts of Belize, often referred to as the Northern Sugar Belt of Belize. Focus will be placed on the restoration of arable land (degraded overtime by inappropriate agricultural practices on sugarcane lands) and the enhancement of ecosystem services and livelihood options for dependent communities. Project sites will be concentrated in Libertad and Patchacan which are sugarcane growing areas characterised by declining yields and degraded soils as a consequence of years of monoculture cropping systems.

Project Site : In Jamaica interventions will focus on the agro-economic zone at the Holland Estate, a Government owned property, located in the west central section of the parish of St. Elizabeth (a food basket Parish) which was previously used over decades for sugar cane cultivation and the grazing of cattle. Farmers have been allotted plots for the cultivation of a variety of crops. However, laboratory analysis conducted by the Agricultural Land Management Division has indicated that the soil in this former sugarcane estate has been degraded in ways which include; low nitrogen and organic content, acidification, soil erosion and soil compaction.

The major land management issues in Antigua and Barbuda are: unsustainable farming practices, poor watershed management, soil and sand mining, uncontrolled grazing by livestock, the competition for, and allocation of beach front land, particularly for tourism development and bush res. In the case of bush and forest res these are a major cause of ecosystem and species loss.

In Grenada, the project will seek to arrest ongoing land and soil degradation, deforestation of land and ecosystems through the sustainable management of production landscapes in Belle Vue South area of Carriacou.

The interventions in Haiti will be concentrated in the Vallieres and Carice is Rivières Libon Watersheds (approximately 75,000 hectres) in the north-east of the country, and will seek to arrest ongoing land and soil degradation, deforestation of land and ecosystems through the sustainable management of production landscapes, addressing the complex nexus of creating livelihoods options, controlling and reversing land degradation, building resilience to climate change and other meteorological events (e.g. tropical waves etc.), and improving environmental security.

In St. Lucia the activities under this component will be undertaken in Cendre de FEU/Sarot Bexon, an agricultural area consisting primarily of abandoned banana farms in which farmers are trying to identify alternative crops to sustain their livelihoods. The focus of this intervention is to work with the farmers in the development of alternative crops as a means of sustaining their livelihood. Crops identified by local farmers, include, inter alia: tree crops such as cocoa; cut flowers and short-term crops such as mushroom.

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