GLAN and Stronger Caribbean Together
As part of the Stronger Caribbean Network we are supporting projects in Belize and Grenada.
A project to build a cruise terminal threatens Belize’s Barrier Reef and atolls by what will be the largest dredging campaign ever conducted in Belize. The concern is the disposal of dredged material totalling 10 million m3 at extreme proximity of the barrier reef, which will trigger tremendous damage to the coral reefs and the regional fishing industry. The developer, Waterloo Investment Holding Ltd, submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment for its project in 2021 and 2022 by the competent government authorities. The developers have now triggered an appeals process. GLAN supports this appeal, building on lessons learned from our work in Barbuda.
The Levera wetland is Grenada’s only Ramsar site, designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Construction for several projects on the wetland are underway, including a one billion dollar resort to be constructed under the Citizenship by Investment program by the Singapore Heng Sheng (Grenada) Development PTE LTD company. The over 500-hectare site includes various habitats: woodland, dry scrub forest, mangrove wetlands, beach, brackish pond, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. GLAN has connected with Grenada Land Actors, who are fighting these various projects, in order to share best practices from our direct evidence collection protocol developed for Barbuda, identify potential new tracks of (transnational) legal actions, and raise the profile of GLA’s work internationally.