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Union Island © Jacob Bock / Fauna & Flora

Union Island © Jacob Bock / Fauna & Flora

Union Island conservation initiative

Project
Project lead: James Crockett

Fauna & Flora works on Union Island to protect the Union Island gecko and a host of other rare and endemic species such as the Grenadines pink rhino iguana and the Caribbean diamond tarantula.

Our work with the Union Island gecko

Through a strong partnership with the St Vincent and the Grenadines Forestry Department and local NGO, the Union Island Environmental Alliance, our current work focuses on protected area management and expansion, anti-poaching patrols, public education about biodiversity and climate change, terrestrial and marine biodiversity monitoring and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods. Fauna & Flora is also raising awareness of the Union Island gecko’s plight among key international policymakers.

Project goals

The main project site is Chatham Bay, which ranks among the Caribbean’s top Key Biodiversity Areas. Our work aims to strengthen the management of this area, build local capacity to become more resilient to climate change and raise awareness of the Union Island gecko’s plight.

Our impact

The project has helped to prevent habitat destruction and the illegal and unsustainable removal of geckos from their natural habitat, resulting in a significant population increase for the species.

Project timeline

    Union Island gecko. © Jacob Bock / Fauna & Flora

    Union Island gecko. © Jacob Bock / Fauna & Flora

    2022

    Survey led by Fauna & Flora and partners reveals that Union Island gecko population has increased to 18,000, an 80% rise in four years.

    2020

    Work programme expanded to include climate change adaptation project.

    2019

    Union Island gecko listed under CITES Appendix I.

    © Jeremy Holden / Fauna & Flora

    © Jeremy Holden / Fauna & Flora

    2017

    Local wardens start to patrol the forest.

    2016

    Union Island gecko conservation action plan developed, through a highly collaborative process.

    © Roseman Adams / Fauna & Flora

    © Roseman Adams / Fauna & Flora

    2015

    Project begins following local request to protect the Union Island gecko from extinction.

     

Partners

This project is delivered in partnership with the Union Island Environmental Attackers, St Vincent and the Grenadines Forestry Department , St Vincent and the Grenadines Environment Fund and Virginia Zoo.

Donors

We are grateful for financial support from: St Vincent and the Grenadines Environment Fund, Virginia Zoo, Disney Conservation Fund, Fauna & Flora Species Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceUSAIDNational GeographicGlobal Wildlife ConservationCaribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), co-financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature, Conservation, and Nuclear Safety through KfW. Funding in large part for The Union Island Climate Change Adaptation Project, Betty Liebert Trust, Halcyon Land and Sea and UNDP.

Union Island © Jacob Bock / Fauna & Flora

Protecting vital habitats

Will you support our collective efforts to protect the Union Island gecko and other threatened species in St Vincent and the Grenadines?

Please help us to safeguard this midget gem of a lizard, together. 

Donate today

James Crockett

Programme Manager, Sustainable Tourism, Caribbean