The INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group understands that by protecting and enhancing the natural services that support livelihoods, vulnerable communities can maintain local safety nets and expand the range of options for coping with disruptive climate related events.

Many vulnerable people are employing coping strategies, which are neither effective nor sustainable over the longer term. Our work incorporates the identification of current coping strategies, and an evaluation of their effectiveness and longer-term sustainability. Combining physical, social and economic analysis, we grow understanding of how groups will be affected by climate change, how they might respond with the resources they have, and how these conditions can be reflected and built upon for successful adaptation strategies.

How we do this:

The INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group is a supportive, collaborative partner to governments, communities and the private sector, understanding the different concerns that drive behaviours. We add value and play an important role in developing local understanding of behavioural impacts, as well as taking into account socio-political questions which may shape people’s ability to adapt to climate change.

We provide capacity needs assessment, training and skills enhancement sessions and the development of action plans to evaluate and build institutional capacity, as well as supporting the deployment of alternative tools to enable communities to better conserve their carrying capacity. We understand how different vulnerabilities and economic characteristics play out in different areas and regions. The INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group connects innovative approaches for sustainable coping strategies to communities, societies and the private sector, enabling the implementation of sustainable practices both at the community level and in terms of global best practice.

INTASAVE Oceans recognises the value and importance of coral reefs systems and their vital role in ecosystem services.  Healthy coral reefs are the ‘rainforests of the ocean’.  They should not just be valued for their beauty. They protect coastlines from storms and erosion, provide jobs, income and food to coastal communities as the home of healthy fish stocks, and are even a potential source of new medicines. In economic terms coral reefs are one of the most valuable natural assets in the world, generating £18 billion in net profits to mankind per year. Globally corals reefs are in rapid decline due to pollution, overfishing and climate change, which is bad news for the lives and livelihoods of 500 million people.

Our vision is to restore coral reefs, protecting them for future generations and positively investing in local communities by:

  • Re-growing to rebuild damaged reefs
  • Empowering communities to manage their reefs
  • Working with the private sector to generate alternative forms of income through tourism

INTASAVE OCEANS use low cost and low tech coral reef propagation methods whilst utilizing the most up to date genetic knowledge to encourage coral reef health whilst ensuring there are no risks to wild coral populations.  Located mainly in protected marine park areas and no-take zones, coral reefs are tended by locals, coral gardeners who understand that healthy coral reefs mean a greater diversity of marine life, healthier fisheries and increased coastal protection from storms.

Project Staff Profiles

Senior Experts

Judi Clarke

Judi Clarke

Regional Director Head of Climate Change Adaptation
INTASAVE Caribbean