Day 5 – World Environment Day in Barbados was capped off by closing ceremonies held at Conset Bay.
Conset Bay and its surrounding communities, which constitute the Conset Bay watershed, are situated on the east coast of Barbados in the parish of St. John and lie on the southern boundary of the Barbados National Park. Within the watershed are secondary forests and gullies, through which many freshwater streams drain into a natural harbour. These features along with the diverse marine habitats, including sea grass beds and hard coral patch reefs, add to the area’s ecological character. For the families who live in the watershed, many for generations, there is a strong connection to the ecosystem through their linkages to the fishing industry and to small-scale farming. In an effort to examine the status and enhance sustainable resource management in the area, UNEP and the Ministry of Environment and Drainage of Barbados, in conjunction with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) from The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus are cooperating on a pilot project entitled “Up-scaling Sustainable Resource Management in Coastal Watershed Communities of Barbados’ National Park and System of Open Spaces” in the context of the project “Strengthening National Capacities for Sustainable Resource Management in Latin American and the Caribbean”.