St. Kitts & Nevis
Marine Program Activities:
Terrestrial Program Activities:
- Assessment of the Potentials in the Cashew Value Chains in the Caribbean
- Land Capability Study
- Nevis Physical Development Plan
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The Federation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis encompasses an area of 269 km² in total. At 176 km², St. Kitts is the larger of the two islands located at 17o 15’ North Latitude and 62o 35’ West Longitude. Nevis is approximately 93 km² in size. The topography of St. Kitts is dominated by a mountain range in the NW of the island, consisting primarily of 3 volcanic peaks including the island’s highest peak of Mount Liamuiga which stands at 1,156m. Nevis Peak is the highest point on Nevis standing at 985m. Both islands are volcanic in origin. St. Kitts is dominated by andesite and dacite rocks.
Rainfall ranges from 1600mm per annum in the central mountain range of St. Kitts to 864mm in the very dry coastal areas along the SE Peninsula. Rainfall in Nevis ranges from 1170mm to 1310mm. The country is considered water scarce, a situation which is exacerbated by the country’s growing tourism sector, known for high water consumption. The main water source is ground water and recent attempts have been made towards the protection of important aquifers.
Remnant mangrove stands are concentrated within the South East Peninsula of St. Kitts. The main seagrass beds are also found in this area between St. Kitts and Nevis commonly referred to as the Narrows. The typical seagrass species are found in St. Kitts and Nevis waters including Syringodium filiforme and Thalassia testudinum.
Reefs occupy around 160km² in the waters of off St. Kitts and Nevis but are under threat from land based sources of pollution especially sedimentation. Reefs are best developed around the South East Peninsula and the west coast of St. Kitts (Reefs at Risk 2004).
Like most of the Caribbean Islands, the fishing industry is artisanal, comprised of around 350 persons in St. Kitts and 300 in Nevis. In St. Kitts less than 20% of these are full time. Coastal pelagics account for over 40% of the landings, but there is also significant demersal and reef fishery effort. Conch is another significant fisheries item. Overall, 460 species of marine fish are noted in St. Kitts and Nevis (ACP II 2012 and Reefs at Risk 2004). The country’s main mangroves wetland and reef areas are showcased in the figures below.
- Congratulation – 35 Reef Check Certifications in Underwater Monitoring Achieved in the CATS2 MMAs CATS2 February – April 2014 The aim of this succession of five CATS2-supported National REEF Check Training and Certification Courses was to build capacity in underwater monitoring of coral reefs in five (5) Marine Managed Areas (MMA) in Dominica (DOM), Grenada (GDA), Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN), Saint Lucia (SLU), and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). ...
- CATS 2 – Congratulations – Five Successful National LOF-SAP Conferences for Sustainable Management of MMAs … what a title National Policy Conferences on the Strategic Action Plans for the Improvement of the National Legal and Organisational Frameworks (SAP-LOF) for the Sustainable Management of Marine Managed Areas In short: National SAP-LOF Conferences. Saint Kitts and Nevis – 14th April 2015 Dominica – 30th April 2015 7th May 2015 – Grenada Saint Lucia – 12th May 2015 Saint Vincent ...
- CATS 2 Video Documentary on Strategies for Sustainable Financial Management of Marine Managed Areas MMA published https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkazsthSScs&feature=youtu.be 16-21 June 2014 The successful workshop initiated the preparation of the MMA Management Plans, the cornerstone of sustainable financial management and an important milestone in the operational plans of each country MMA. The workshop was attended by 35 participants from the MMAs in the 5 countries and partner organisations closely involved marine resource management. These included, in ...
- Five financing and assistance agreements signed in 2013! In 2013, several bankable infrastructure projects were quickly identified through successful collaboration with selected partners in three of the eight member states. A total of five financing and assistance agreements were signed for these projects. The project focuses on improving the supply of drinking water and environmentally-friendly sanitary solutions. In addition to increasing climate resilience by ...