HEART OF ST. KITTS FOUNDATION PROJECTS
All of our projects support one or more of our objectives
In addition to a rich culture, friendly people, and captivating heritage, the beaches and cliffs of St. Kitts’ 78.1km coastline are a sight to behold. Located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, St. Kitts’ marine and coastal environment is abundant with biodiversity. Here you can find coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, freshwater lagoons, rocky shores and salt ponds, all of which are home to vast sea life, including a variety of fish species, lobsters, conch, sea turtles, algae, and resident and migratory birds.
However, due to human pressures on the environment, these ecosystems are under threat. The proliferation of plastics and styrofoams, indiscriminate dumping, and a lack of environmental education on the island has led to an increase in litter in the water and on the beaches. Excess litter impacts both the marine environment, like the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and endangered green turtle that return to St. Kitts every year to nest on its beaches, and the local economy that relies on fresh seafood for the agriculture and hospitality industries.
The Heart of St. Kitts Foundation partners with local organizations already involved in community beach clean ups and leverages the local network of tourism enterprises and agencies committed to sustainability practices to provide volunteer hours and increased community engagement. The project also plans to work with local experts to add educational talks to clean ups so that local communities can learn about the importance of the marine and coastal environment while participating in its preservation.