Community Involvement in Grenada: Aquaponics and Biocultural Sustainability


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MA in Cultural Sustainability

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Adverse conditions to coral reefs are shown to reduce fish habitats, negatively affecting the culture of an island community that depends on coastal resources as a daily food resource. People sustain or harm their local environment by practices embedded in their culture. Focus on environmental sustainability or economic opportunity alone misses the human component that is in relationship with nature in specific practice. The acknowledgment of community ownership is examined in the context of project development, community response over time, and the effect of, and local perception of, power loss and marginalized voice, which through their own use of inter-community voice can affect the project’s future. This four year research project examines the integration of cultural sustainability practices during the launch of an ecologically sustainable small-scale aquaponics program designed as a vehicle to bridge the scientific community and the local grassroots community in efforts to reduce coral reef degradation and build food security resiliency.