As a responsible business, we are committed to preserving our natural world. For Spring/Summer 2020, we are proud to have collaborated with London-based jewelry designer Catherine Prevost to create the Sea Life Collection in support of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Environment Fund (SVGEF).
Prevost’s radiant collection takes inspiration from the precious biodiversity of the Caribbean, shining a light on three endangered or at-risk species: the Hawksbill Turtle, the Union Island Gecko and the Parrotfish. The collection celebrates aquatic wildlife with oceanic blues, earthy greens and vibrant pinks formed with precision-cut Swarovski crystals.
Marrying vibrant design with philanthropy, the extraordinary Sea Life Collection supports the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Environment Fund in its efforts to enable sustainable initiatives to protect and restore the local environment.
In January 2017, St. Vincent & the Grenadines implemented a total ban on the killing of sea turtles, ensuring that the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, the vulnerable leatherback turtle and the endangered green turtle are now protected. To support this change, the SVGEF financially compensated local fishers for surrendering their nets and letting marine life flourish without boundaries. This ban transformed the turtles’ environment and now they can regularly be seen swimming around the archipelago, especially around the conservation island of Mustique.
PROTECTING THE UNION ISLAND GECKO
The critically endangered Union Island Gecko can only be found in one place in the entire world: Chatham Forest on Union Island in the southern Grenadines. SVGEF supported a project to identify threats facing this tiny creature and its habitat, and interventions to promote its survival. Thanks to the charity’s efforts, the Union Island Gecko is now officially listed as a protected species meaning all international trade in the gecko is banned. SVGEF also supported a biodiversity study, which will be used as the basis of a proposal to the government to designate Chatham Forest as a wildlife reserve.
SAVING THE PARROTFISH
As the colorful Parrotfish swims through the sea, it plays a vital role in maintaining healthy coral reefs and producing sand for our beaches. The SVGEF has been raising awareness of this at-risk species and advising the Ministry of Fisheries on the importance of the species. In December 2019, a total ban on harvesting the Parrotfish was successfully implemented, meaning that it can finally thrive in the warm waters of the Caribbean.