The government of Grenada has initiated a number of sustainability and resilience programs. They include:
- National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
- National Capacity Self-Assessment
- National Climate Change Policy
- Pilot Program on Climate Resilience
- Sustainable Land Management Policy
- National Hazard Mitigation Policy
- National Environmental Management Policy, Strategy and Action Plan.
In 2018 Grenada’s Ministry of the Environment mandated the Non-Biodegradable Waste Control Act to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) and single-use plastics such as shopping bags, plastic utensils, plates, straws and cups.
The Grenada National Trust, whose mandate is to protect Grenada’s cultural, architectural, and natural heritage, produced the Grenada Heritage book in 2020, which serves as a documentary record of heritage and history of historical buildings, landscapes, and memorial places of the islands.
Grenada has made a request to UNESCO for the St. George Historic District / Fortified System to be recognized as Cultural World Heritage sites.
Grenada’s National Parks, Forests, Reserves and Marine Parks:
The Grand Etang Forest Reserve, also known as the Grand Etang National Park is home to a large crater lake, rainforest and several waterfalls. The island’s most popular park for hiking is filled with a diverse collection of flora and fauna including large trees, ferns, colourful flowers and birds, along with frogs, lizards and the Mona monkeys.
Levera National Park covers 450 acres holds a strong reputation as Grenada’s scenic and spectacular coastal area. Its picture-perfect beach is quite popular on weekends, and its lagoon is one of the most important wildlife habitats on the island. Consisting of an extensive mangrove swamp, the lagoon is a haven for an abundance of bird species, including many herons, black-necked stilts, common snipes, and other waterfowls. Levera’s marine areas are equally esteemed with outstanding coral reefs and sea grass beds that shelter lobster and beautiful reef fishes. The beaches are also a hatchery for the leatherback sea turtles. Among the pleasant walks at Levera is a trail that circles the 45 acre pond. The beach and nearby hills offer spectacular views of a number of small offshore islands as well as the southern Grenadines.
The Mount Hartman National Park / Dove Sanctuary is a unique area on the island with over 150 acres of dry forest woodlands and mangroves. Intended as a ‘birding’ paradise, this park is home to the last remaining endemic Grenada Doves.
Carriacou’s High North Nature Reserve / National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and offers spectacular panoramic views of Carriacou and Grenada and nearby Grenadine Islands from the island’s highest peak.
Molinere Bay / Molinere Marine Protected Area encompasses a portion of the west coast including Flamingo Bay, Dragon Bay and Molinere Point. The area contains healthy coral reefs and a diversity of marine life as well as the famous Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park.
Carriacou’s Marine Protected Area encompasses the coastal waters from Tyrell Bay, around Sandy Island and Mabouya Island. These waters are cherished for great snorkeling and diving.
Grand Anse Reef Regeneration Project (GARRP)
This charity is the brainchild of our Dive Community who have seen first hand the damage done by global warming. In an effort to combat the disappearance of our reefs and sea life, Phil Saye at Dive Grenada spearheads building and placing artificial reefs in our Marine Protected Areas. Once placed the artificial reefs are monitored and maintained. This includes underwater cleanups, urchin and fish counts, ID tag placement and cleaning. Volunteers in this program are able to see first-hand new life flourishing. This long-term project will have a sustainable benefit for Grenada’s Marine Ecosystem, education for the children of Grenada on Marine Conservation and show the world that Grenada is committed to preserving its natural heritage.