About Specto

WHAT WE DO

St. Patrick’s Environmental and Community Tourism Organization is a non-profit environmental and community tourism advocacy
group based in the parish of St. Patrick’s in the Caribbean island of Grenada. SPECTO engages community in the protection
and conservation of the endangered leatherback turtle species and the development of alternative livelihoods based in
environmental conservation and atctivism.

OUR MISSION

SPECTO engages community in the protection and conservation of the endangered leatherback turtle species livelihoods based in environmental conservation and activism.

Our Goals
Community Panel Discussions

To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy.

Community and Beach Clean Ups and Replanting Efforts

To encourage environmental stewardship and promote a sense of community ownership

Seminars and Workshops

To educate and promote training in key areas

Community Tourism Development

To create alternative livelihoods linked to environmental protection and conservation.

Services

Community CONSERVATION

The St. Patrick’s Environmental and Community Tourism Organization (SPECTO) is a not-for-profit rural community organization focused on raising awareness of environmental protection and the important benefits of conservation. SPECTO works with local communities to create sustainable alternative livelihood opportunities linked to environmentalism.

ENVIRONMENTaL ADVOCACY & STEWARDSHIP

Founded by a group of senior community members in 2009, SPECTO has since taken up a co-management mandate with the Government of Grenada to manage the nesting tours of the critically endangered Leatherback turtle on its most protected nesting beach -Levera Beach in St. Patricks.

Endangered SPECIES PROTECTION

SPECTO’s voluntary members have managed the guided nesting tour operation on Levera Beach since 2010. We’ve hired over 10 community members as tour guides and beach security to assist the government in managing the Levera Beach Closed Area. We continue to work towards training community members, including single mothers and youths out of employment.

Sustainable Livelihood Creation

In 2015, SPECTO was awarded a United Nation Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants to help facilitate the scaling up of its work in the Levera Pond Protected Area and the Levera Closed Beach. SPECTO was also awarded an United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization FAO / IFAD MAREP grant to support its work in sustainable rural development. Having received assistance for the Grenada Ports Authority and voluntary assistance for the Conservation Trekkers Campaign, SPECTO continues to work to transform the parish of St. Patrick’s into a “green” and environmentally conscious destination.

MEET OUR TEAM

The SPECTO Team is comprised of voluntary members all living in the community of St. Patrick’s, Grenada. Concerned about high unemployment and lack of advocacy for conservation, SPECTO was created with a focus on working together to get the word out and with a goal of supporting projects that consider job creation linked to sustainability, conservation and environmental protection.

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To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy.

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To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy. To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy.

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To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy.

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To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy. To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy. To facilitate information dissemination on environmental science and policy.

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