Wild Fire Management in the Body Ponds area of Antigua and Barbdua
Antigua and Barbuda
Agriculture, livestock and arable farming
In clearing land traditional manual tools and hand held grass cutters are used rather than the slash and burn method of clearing land
Body Ponds Watershed, Antigua|
This area is semi arid
The soil in this area is a mixture of primarily clay and loam
Hilly in most areas
Properties are primarily owned by the residents
Low to Middle Income
Continuous uncontrolled burning of the area and destruction of the forest cover as well as biological diversity
Removal of the natural forest cover though wild fires.
Stop the uncontrolled removal of forest cover though wild fires and unintentional fires caused by farmers that would use the slash and burn method of land clearing.
Curtain the wild fires leading to the destruction of the natural forest cover of the body ponds area.
use of fire resistant plants to reforest the area. Use of small motorized equipment for land clearing instead of the slash and burn method
Government of Antigua and Barbdua, community groups and farmers|
Community groups, GARDC (local NGO)|
The suggestions for the new approach came from these groups
The production from the farms have increased
The farming conditions have improved
The ecosystems in the location are now recovering
There has been better financial potential for the farmers
There is potential to reintroduce species that have been destroyed
The forest cover can now recover effectively.
Persons who depend on these farmers for supplies are not getting more food supplies on a regular basis
The potential impacts on the overall watershed have been great. The reefs have not benefited as the runoff from the ridge that forms part of this area no longer causes a great deal of sedimentation to enter the bay.
The number of trees and forest cover has increased as there has been a reduction in the amount of forest cover lost to these wild fires.
with the reduction in the number of areas catching fire, the amount of biodiversity lost due to these fires has decreased.|
New treas are planted in the areas that were burnt out.
partial funding for this was provided by outside sources and thus made it possible for the success achieved.
The government had a new initiative to pass on the necessary information to the community in an effort to help them understand the need to protect the area and change their farming methods. This is replicable in other areas
The community had a desire to change their farming approaches due to the destruction that was being caused. This is linked to the local context of where the area is located.
adequate human resources are necessary to ensure that the public is made aware of their actions and what impact these have on the environment
Adequate financial resources are critical to the success of any project of this type
The provision of technical support both in country and from the region are necessary to ensure success under this convention.