Andre Joseph-Witzig is from the Caribbean spice island of Grenada. He has been closely involved with climate change and coastal zone management on the island, working with international agencies and local government. He has supported the development of policy and legislation, data collection in the coastal zone, and has worked with schools and technical staff on community co-management, beach profiling, and ecosystem-based adaptation, including both coral reef and mangrove restoration projects. Since graduating from the Coastal Science and Policy Master’s Program at UCSC, Andre has conducted a number of environmental consultancies in Grenada, focusing on GIS data collection and on projects conducting both hard and soft coastal adaptation measures. He is also a coordinating lead author on the first National Ecosystem Assessment for Grenada where he is contributing to the chapters on climate resilience, and on scenarios and pathways to a sustainable future. More recently, Andre joined the Eastern Caribbean Office of The Nature Conservancy in the position of Conservation Project Assistant. He hopes to support The Conservancy’s role in ecosystem-based adaptation and climate related projects in the Caribbean. His portfolio currently involves assisting with flood risk mitigation projects in Grenada as well as supporting disaster risk reduction interventions and nature-based solutions throughout the region.
Read about Andre's Year 2 Capstone
As part of the CSP program, Andre completed a summer internship with the Central Coast Wetlands Group supporting their work on coastal adaptation for the City of Santa Cruz. For this work he reviewed adaptation strategies, policies, and triggers for pathways to adapt to storms and sea level rise. The work will inform the City’s Resilient Coast Santa Cruz effort. Andre also attended the DroneCamp program hosted by the Informatics and GIS Program of the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources division and developed skills in drone monitoring and the use of photogrammetry as a tool to monitor coastal ecosystems.
Over the course of the capstone year Andre was able to collaborate with many partners working on coastal adaptation in both Santa Cruz and Grenada. In Santa Cruz, he assisted with the development of recommended policy updates for the Santa Cruz City Local Coastal Program to address future sea level rise hazards. Using the opportunities provided by the Coastal Science and Policy Program to further his knowledge of remote sensing and GIS, he concentrated his capstone work in Grenada on piloting the monitoring of beaches using drones, and on modelling the effects of climate change on coastal ecosystem services in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. For the modelling he partnered closely with the Natural Capital Project to use their tools and benefit from their expertise
Andre also worked closely with consultants who developed a marine spatial plan for Grenada and was also able to contribute to a socio-economic coastal vulnerability assessment developed by the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in the UK which has now been submitted for journal publication. Andre is aiming for his contributions and future work to assist decision-makers and community groups with sustainable management of the coastal zone in Grenada and throughout the Caribbean region.
Watch Andre’s Final Capstone Presentation here.