This week our Spotlight Corner is highlighting Grantee- The Nature Conservancy
We are proud to have supported the USVI Coral Reef Mapping Project with a grant to The Nature Conservancy from the Fund for the Virgin Islands. This grant funding was used to create high-resolution mapping of the USVI's coral reefs and coastal habitats and provide pre- and post-storm mapping and analysis of coastal habitats within the paths of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. These maps and related data will be the first up-to-date, highly accurate resource for Caribbean nations and will be used for a variety of applications including resource management, marine spatial planning, and as a baseline to detect change over time. Ultimately, the goal is to share the information with local stakeholders so thoughtful and cost-effective solutions to protect the shorelines and communities from storm impacts and build resiliency can be enacted.
Check out these great videos that show 3D video simulations of St. Croix coastal habitat and reef structure, click read more. Photo: Benthic habitat classification from Planet Dove mosaic for USVI-St. Croix