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Redonda’s revival from bare rock to lush oasis

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Redonda's revival from bare rock to lush oasis

Have you heard about Redonda? It’s a Caribbean island that’s been making big waves in the environmental world. The island has gone from being an ignored chunk of rock to a green paradise that’s officially a protected area. This isn’t just good news for the island but a win for the entire planet. By safeguarding this little piece of land, Antigua and Barbuda are leading by example on the global conservation stage.

Smashing Goals and Setting Standards

This place is huge—74,000 acres huge—and it’s chock-full of life, with seagrass, coral reefs, and all sorts of creatures. What’s really cool is that by protecting Redonda, the country has hit its “30×30” target, joining a worldwide effort to keep 30% of our Earth in its natural state by 2030.

Not too long ago, Redonda was in rough shape, all thanks to some pesky rats and hungry goats. But with some hard work and a no-goats-allowed policy kicked off in 2016, the island bounced back. Now, we’re talking about a home for endangered lizards and birds that can’t be found anywhere else.

The Power of Teamwork

It’s all about teamwork—locals, the government, and global partners like Fauna and Flora International rolled up their sleeves and got to work. The Environmental Awareness Group is at the heart of it, showing us that making a difference starts in our backyard.

The locals who once shrugged off Redonda as just “the rock” now see it as their pride and joy. They’re the island’s biggest fans and fiercest protectors. It’s amazing to see a community take charge and treasure their natural heritage like this!

Redonda is showing the world that even the smallest nations can make a huge splash in conservation. It’s a powerful reminder that we don’t have to be the biggest or the richest to take care of our planet. If Redonda can do it, so can others—it’s all about stepping up and doing our part.

Changing Perceptions

For people like Johnella Bradshaw, who coordinates the reserve, Redonda’s story is personal. It’s about breaking stereotypes and paving the way for the next wave of environmental leaders from places just like hers. In the face of hurricanes and rising temperatures, Redonda’s story is a beacon of hope. It’s about making sure that “protected” means something out in the real world, not just on paper.

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