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YWF - KIDO Foundation Inc.

KIDO aims to preserve the natural ecosystems of Carriacou island (Grenada, West Indies) through youth environmental education and a variety of nature conservation activities. KIDO Educational Youth programs focus on small island ecosystems and wildlife conservation, studying issues critical to our natural habitats, utilizing IT and aiming to develop solutions to persisting problems affecting the island. Our nature conservation activities include our Nesting Sea Turtle Monitoring project (WIDECAST affiliated), which protects critically endangered Hawksbills and Leatherbacks. We also train local nature guides, contributing to poverty alleviation, promoting ecotourism and nature conservation at the community level. Lastly, we work to restore the mangrove ecosystem and wetland bird sanctuary in the High North National Park area.

How we helped

This grant will help KIDO Foundation carry out our ongoing programs dealing with endangered species, wildlife, biodiversity and habitat conservation on Carriacou Island. These programs involve the island youths, who, by participating in our education and conservation activities, discover the inter-dependence of people, wildlife species and natural habitats, thus learning to respect nature and wildlife. These youths represent the necessary fertile ground for a growing environmental conservation culture at the community level because they always involve their families and teachers. Their involvement helps decrease the local demand for wildlife and sea turtle meat and egg consumption, in turn protecting hundreds of sea turtles and their nests, resident and migratory birds and other wildlife and helping restore critically threatened habitats like mangroves. The local, regional and international public exposure of our activities through Lush's contribution will promote eco-tourism for our island. We hope to be a model to be replicated in other tropical islands and small communities around the world, especially in response to disruptive climate change already starting to hit the most vulnerable coastal areas of our planet.

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