Marine Protected Area Fee Harmonization Study for 6 Countries in the Lesser Antilles (2014)
The Organization of American States’ (OAS), through its General Secretariat, Department of Sustainable Development, conducts the ReefFix Program. The program is an integrated coastal zone management tool that works with countries to assist them in meeting their international commitments to establishing and managing marine protected areas.
As part of this program, Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines expressed interest in preparing a study to explore fee harmonization for sailing and motor vessels entering protected areas throughout the region. Their interest stemmed from the belief that yachties would see the establishment of similar fees as a positive development and make cruising more feasible, less confusing and bring in more revenue for marine protected area management.
In addition, the countries wished to explore a marketing strategy to achieve a balance between increased visitations and associated environmental and social impacts so that the very marine protected areas and environments that yachties seek and cherish in the region are protected into the future.
Area of interest: Grenada