The Gaschet dam - Preserving the largest freshwater body in Guadeloupe
An afforestation project to protect the largest body of freshwater in Guadeloupe and improve the biodiversity in the surrounding area.
The Gaschet Dam is the largest body of freshwater in Guadeloupe. The area is home to a wide range of bird species. One of the major challenges in the area is to manage an invading acacia species. The project supported the afforestation and enhancement of the Gaschet dam site. The project was carried out in two phases.
The first involved a study to make an assessment of the ecological and social situation in the area. In the second phase the project helped create multifunctional wooded areas with educational elements, e.g. an interpretation trail.
Approximately 5 000 tree seedlings were planted in order to enrich the flora and fauna around the dam.
The main species planted were Poirier-pays (Tabebuia heterophylla), which grows rapidly and which starts its first stage of growth in a plant nursery. Other plants used include honey plants and fruit trees.
In 2017, the interpretation trail with five spaces for nature drawing was completed. Five benches and one ornithological observatory were also installed.
In May 2017, the interpretation trail and its digital application were presented to the local community and the media.