Marine Zoning in Saint Kitts and Nevis

Presentation on Marine Zoning in Saint Kitts and Nevis by Vera Agostini and Shawn Margles of The Nature Conservancy (October 26, 2011).  Intense usage of coastal areas is threatening the biological diversity of marine habitats and the ecosystem services they provide. Marine zoning, one of the possible outcomes of a marine spatial planning process, has emerged recently as an approach to address these issues. The case for marine zoning is particularly strong in the Caribbean, but there are few examples to date of comprehensive marine zoning for tropical island nations. This webinar will present a project that initiated a marine spatial planning process and developed a draft marine zoning design for the small island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean. St. Kitts and Nevis was chosen as the project site because it met a set of selection criteria, including that its government was aware of marine zoning as a useful management approach and was interested in applying it in their country. The project lay the groundwork for future implementation of marine zoning in St. Kitts and Nevis by assisting in the development of a draft marine zoning design using the tool MarZone and providing a set of tools that could inform this and other management efforts. Learn more at

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