Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

Launch of the socio-economic assessment of groupers in Saint-Martin!

From June 22 to 28, the agents of the National Nature Reserve of Saint-Martin hosted a team from the CERMES (Center for Resource Management and Environmental Studies) of Barbados to train agents in the socio-economic assesment method, SocMon.

CERMES team and the National Nature Reserve of Saint-Martin team © AGRNSM

Socio-economic assessment

Now mandatory in European LIFE programs, this action aims to assess the social and economic impact of Life BIODIV’OM program actions. To this end, questionnaires are carried out and submitted to stakeholders and local populations, in particular to assess the knowledge and perception of the species and habitats targeted by the program and will also measure the social and economic benefits of project actions. Several themes will therefore be addressed such as jobs, the qualification of employees, the green economy, sustainable development, eco-friendly activities or territorial dynamics.

As a reminder, in Saint-Martin, the species targeted by Life are the Nassau grouper and the Goliath grouper.

The SocMon method

The Socio-Economic Monitoring for Coastal Management (SocMon) method developed by the University of West Indies CERMES in Barbados is a specific method for assessing socio-economic impacts.

This method mainly targets the coastal populations and studies in particular the relations between these populations and the marine environment which they exploit or which is put in protection.
The method has already been used in the Caribbean, particularly in Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia but also other sites in Central America, the Pacific, South Asia or the Indian Ocean.