“The Caribbean Islands are facing the highest extinction rates in modern history, and the restoration and protection of areas like Redonda are critical,” said Jenny Daltry, Caribbean Alliance director for Re:wild and Fauna & Flora. “While the removal of invasive species has been key to Redonda’s revival so far, that’s by no means the end of the story. The protected area designation is vital for our ongoing commitment to restoring Redonda to its former glory, and could pave the way for the reserve to become an incredible sustainable tourism attraction in the near future.”
Fauna & Flora and our local and international partners have now been involved in the restoration of an incredible 30 Caribbean islands. The significance of this work extends well beyond its impact on some of the world’s most endangered species. By resurrecting and protecting these havens of biodiversity, we also aim to increase the resilience of islanders and their native wildlife to the threats posed by climate change.
The Redonda Restoration Programme, along with measures to create and manage the Redonda Ecosystem Reserve, have benefited from the support of a host of national and international entities since 2016 including the Government of Antigua and Barbuda (Department of Environment, Fisheries Division and the Forestry Unit), Arcadia, Betty Liebert Trust, BirdsCaribbean, British Mountaineering Council, CABI, CalvinAir, Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding, Environmental Awareness Group, Fauna & Flora, Halcyon Land & Sea, Island Conservation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Parks Authority, Re:wild, Syngenta, Taurus Foundation, United Nations Environment Programme, USAID, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Waitt Foundation, Wildlife Management International Ltd and Wyss Foundation.