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 …

Solar panels. Image credit: Alan Levine
Energy

Barbados Water Authority looks forward to reaping the benefits of renewable energy

The Barbados Water Authority, with grant funding from the United Arab Emirates, is planning to undertake two major solar power projects, with the aim of reducing the Authority’s energy bill and increasing its efficiency: BWA project engineer Nathan Harte told the media the grant would allow the state-owned utility to …

Wind turbines, Aruba. Image: Robert R Gigliotti
Energy

Barbadian economist urges greater uptake of renewable energy technologies

Barbadian economist Dr. DeLisle Worrell believes that the Caribbean has been too slow in taking advantage of the renewable energy sector: Delivering the inaugural Confucius lecture at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination on Wednesday night, former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell pointed out …

Barbados Horticultural Society display at the Chelsea Flower Show. Image credit: Alwyn Ladell
Agriculture

Call for more youth participation in horticulture in Barbados

The Barbados Horticulture Society recently held its annual flower show.  The number of plants on display decreased this year, and the leader of the Barbados Agricultural Society would like to see more done to get young people interested and involved in horticulture: Even though the horticulture sector continues to thrive …