Phil Saye

Director, Grenada Fund for Conservation (GFC)

Phil Saye

Director, Grenada Fund for Conservation (GFC)

Biography

Phil Saye has been a committed environmentalist since the 1970s when he served in Antarctica with the Royal Navy’s mission ensuring compliance with the ‘Antarctic Treaty’. The pristine environment of Antarctica made a huge impact on Phil’s life going forward. He vowed to be cognizant of having a minimal impact on the environment, proactively support conservation and ensure sustainability was evident in his personal and working life.

Having moved to Grenada in 2003, Phil realised the island had something very special to offer with respect to both its people and idyllic environment and quickly settled into Island life. He went on to purchase Dive Grenada, a scuba diving operation located on Grand Anse Beach. He focused on changing how the business was run; maximising opportunities to train locals to achieve globally recognised qualifications and developing practices to ensure that his business had a minimal or zero impact on the environment.

In 2013 he set up the novel Grenada Artificial Reef Project (GARP). This project has involved local tradesmen and community members to build and install a series of underwater ‘Pyramids’ creating Grenada’s first artificial reef. The project is proving highly successful. At this time, a total of 80 Pyramids have been installed which are naturally recruiting corals, invertebrates and marine life with over 30 species of fish identified. The location is free to visit, open to all and has become a successful environmental attraction for tourists, school groups and residents. It is intended that this unique project will contribute to the long-term sustainability of Grenada’s marine environment and offset the effects of climate change.

 

All session by Phil Saye

General Session III – Destination Grenada

14:15 - 15:30
Radisson Grenada