Minimum carbon footprint (diring processing)
About the Implementing organization
Name: Praslin Seamoss Farmers Association
Country: Saint Lucia
Year of establishment: 1998
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization
The processing plant has been solarised and will soon be grid-tied to facilitate a net-metering agreement with the local power company. In that agreement the group will sell solar energy in excess of its needs.
Type of Action
Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Renewable energy
The project began with a baseline study on the water quality in the Praslin Bay which helped to establish an environmental monitoring system. From Secondary Sources, it was discovered that sea moss absorbs nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates, which is helping to reduce the pollution in the Bay. Through the leaching process both chemicals form a leachate which is high in nitrates and phosphates and very useful for plants. The project has also zoned the Bay to avoid use and management conflicts among members as the carrying capacity is approached. Additionally, due to the complete solarisation of the plant, it will become the first fully solarised agro processing plant in Saint Lucia with zero carbon footprint. Finally, because the sea moss species are being planted, local indigenous wild species are being protected from exploitation.
Sustainable Development Impacts
This project will contribute directly to four of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely, reduction in poverty (Goal 1); Food and Nutritional Security (Goal 2); Climate Change Mitigation (Goal 13); and Sustainable Use of the Coastal Zone (Goal 14).
At full production which is expected within one year, the project will create over 80 jobs, contribute to National Food Security and Nutritional Security. As the first fully solarised plant in Saint Lucia, t will demonstrate how sustainable production can be achieved at a very low average cost.
Above all, the group anticipates that as soon as it meets HACCP Standards it will be able to export to other Caribbean Islands and the European Union through the French Department of Martinique. Meeting these standards, as well as effective marketing will lead to a growth in effective demand in a world where quality of health is a growing concern.
Though its genesis is within a small poor fishing community on the East Central Coast of Saint Lucia, the documenting process which included the preparation of a Business Plan and the preparation of periodic progress reports will be available on the GEF SGP UNDP website for study. This project can be easily replicable because access to information will be easy.
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