Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Barbados

Through the regional pilot project on ‘Coast and Beach Stability in the Eastern Caribbean (COSALC)’, seven representatives from Barbados (managers, researchers and other stakeholders) attended a regional workshop (co-sponsored by CSI, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, IOCARIBE, and the Caribbean Development Bank) on ‘Management of Beach Resources in Small Eastern Caribbean Islands’ (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 21-25 October, 1996). Their contributions, along with the contributions by other countries of the region, were published as CSI Info 1 (1997): ‘Integrated Framework for the Management of Beach Resources within the Smaller Caribbean Islands - workshop results’; and Coastal Region and Small Island Papers 1 (1997): ‘Managing Beach Resources in the Smaller Caribbean Islands - workshop papers’. A practical guide for the stakeholders presenting methodology for coastal development setbacks in the Eastern Caribbean was published as CSI Info 4 (‘Planning for Coastline Change’); and distributed throughout the Caribbean. Public awareness was raised in 1997 by the production and distribution to the national agencies and schools of audio-visual material entitled ‘Beaches and Hurricanes: 1995 in the Eastern Caribbean Islands’. 

A resource book for schools of the Caribbean region ‘Glimpses of the Blue Caribbean’ was published jointly with the Associated Schools Project (ASP), as CSI papers 5, in 2000 and sent to Barbados. A teacher from Barbados participated in the ASPNet-CSI Sandwatch workshop in St. Lucia in May 2001. Schools from Barbados are involved in the Sandwatch beach monitoring activities.

A laboratory in Barbados takes part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP)’ field project. It monitors sites in Graeme Hall Swamp, St. Lawrence Lagoon and near Holetown. The collected output of such monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3 ‘CARICOMP. Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites’. In addition to continued support for systematic biological monitoring, a particular effort is being made at a selected number of sites to analyse the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of natural resource use. A national site director attended Site Directors meetings in Cancún, Mexico in November 1996, Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago in May 1998 and in San José, Costa Rica in May/June 2000, for information exchange with, and technical advise from, the CARICOMP Steering Committee. An expert from Barbados attended the workshop on ‘The Use of Natural Coastal Resources at CARICOMP sites: monitoring, community-based management and socioeconomic/cultural aspects’ held in Jamaica in May 1998. ). The Steering Committee of CARICOMP met in Miami, USA in January 2000. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001.

A paper concerning Barbados ‘Directing Tourism Investment’ was posted on the web-based forum ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development’ in 2000. 

The Small Islands Voice project started in January 2002. Its goals are to overcome the isolation of small islands by providing their citizens, including young people, with opportunities to voice their opinions on environmental and development issues in a variety of ways: radio, television, print and Internet-based debate. In this way the general public will be able to contribute to the 10-year review of the ‘Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Islands Developing States’ adopted in Barbados in 1994; and play a more effective role in decision-making in their islands. Barbados is  involved in the project through the Small Islands Voice Internet-based global forum. A correspondent from Barbados contributed to a discussion on foreign investment: Cook Islands: Untapped Paradise?

A paper ‘Coastal Land Tenure: A Small-Islands’ Perspective’ was published in March 2003. The situation in Barbados was compared with that in other small island states and territories.

 

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