How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

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For example, through our partnership with the government of Grenada – an island nation in the Caribbean – TNC is implementing a pilot project that will demonstrate to decision-makers the potential of natural infrastructure. Last year, we installed special structures in the water to foster coral reef growth – and break waves – along 30 meters of Grenada’s economically critical shoreline. Show us the data. That’s what I hear almost every time I work with decision-makers.

Adapting the Science of Adaptation – The Importance of Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

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Soubise, a tiny community on the eastern coast of Grenada. It’s a tiny community on the eastern coast of Grenada — and one that’s literally at water’s edge. Together with the Grenada Red Cross and Grenada Fund for Conservation, the Conservancy is exploring and testing just how well nature-based adaptation strategies could work for Soubise. by Vera Agostini, senior scientist, The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team.

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Sustainable Ocean Development is Possible: Q&A with Maria Damanaki

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Damanaki: Our work in Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean is a good example. Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist. That’s the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC’s new Global Managing Director for Oceans.

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Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

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A manmade seawall in Grenada. © At TNC, our marine scientists have developed protocols for “reef first responders” to quickly restore and manage damaged reefs, using manmade structures, like gabion baskets and geotubes, that are proven to integrate into the natural reef ecosystem over time. Bathway Bay, Grenada, which is protected by a coral reef wall. ©

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The Caribbean Summit: Leaders Valuing Nature

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Hosted by Premier Orlando Smith of the British Virgin Islands, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, the Summit will allow leaders to exchange ideas, share experiences and successes, and strengthen collaboration on conservation across the region. It is a blueprint for the future — an endeavor of unprecedented scale and scope that will protect marine ecosystems for people and nature.

From Paris: Finance Innovations Help Island Nations Adapt to Climate Change

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The arrangement allows the government to redirect its debt payments to an independent trust fund that will be used for reducing the climate vulnerability of Seychelles’ marine and coastal ecosystems. Other island nations such as Palau, the Marshall Islands, Grenada and Jamaica all expressed interest in pursuing similar models to help protect their economies and increase their climate resilience. Mark R.