Sargassum on a beach in Barbados. Image: via Barbados Government Information Service
Energy

Sargassum invasion a ‘national emergency’ in Barbados

The government of Barbados is treating the massive accumulation of sargassum on the country’s east and south coasts as a national emergency, and is working to find ways to put the seaweed to beneficial use: The influx of sargassum seaweed on beaches across Barbados is being treated as a national …

Barbados Coral Reef Symposium 2018
Biodiversity

Event: Barbados Coral Reef Symposium 2018

The Barbados Coral Reef Restoration Alliance (Corall Barbados) will be hosting the 2018 Barbados Coral Reef Symposium on Friday June 8 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Vaughan, manager of the Coral Restoration program at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef …

Caribbean-Pacific fishers' exchange. Image: via Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism.
Fisheries

Caribbean-Pacific fishers’ exchange encourages sharing of best practices

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in cooperation with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands, have organized a Caribbean-Pacific fishers’ exchange tour, with a specific focus on the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs): The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the FAO …

Blue Mountains, Jamaica. Image: Liam Byrnes.
Climate Change

Caribbean countries are accessing climate finance with support from the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub is helping to improve Caribbean countries’ access to climate finance. In Barbados: The Commonwealth is providing Barbados technical assistance to strengthen its access to climate finance by designing six projects ranging in value from US$90,000 to 10,000,000. The projects are being prepared by the …

The Economic Importance of Coastal and Marine Resources in Barbados
Oceans

Valuing beaches and reefs in Barbados

This study on The Economic Importance of Coastal and Marine Resources to Tourism in Barbados is not new (it’s from May 2017), but it’s still worth a read. Here’s an extract from the study summary: Barbados is experiencing extreme degradation of its coastal and marine resources due to overfishing, coastal overdevelopment, …

Hawksbill turtle, Barbados. Image credit: Meg Stewart.
Biodiversity

Vacancy: Hawksbill Turtle Monitoring Field Volunteers, Barbados

The Barbados Sea Turtle Project is seeking field volunteers to assist in their long-running hawksbill turtle monitoring programme: The duties of volunteers vary based on their assignment to either Night or Day Patrol teams. Night Patrol Duties: You will be required to patrol beaches along the south and west coasts …

Aerial view of the South Coast of Barbados. Image © digital Light Capture
Water and sanitation

Millions of dollars to fix sewage problems in Barbados

The cost to fix ongoing sewage issues along the south coast of Barbados has been estimated at Bds$12.9 million (approximately US$6.5 million), according to Dr. David Estwick, Minister with responsibility for Water Resource Management: It will cost Government $12.9 million to address the south coast sewage issues. This was disclosed …