Regional Engagement Partners



The University of the West Indies (The UWI) serves the educational needs of 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean. The regional headquarters is the Mona Campus, Jamaica and the other campuses include St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago) Cave Hill (Barbados), the Five Islands Campus (Antigua and Barbuda) and the Open Campus.

The University’s mission is to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the wider world.  As Small Island Developing States coastal management is a major priority since it is pivotal to the socio-economic transformation and development of the Caribbean’s population. The UWI’s programmes reflect its mission and priorities.

The Future Earth Regional Engagement Partner is based at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago in the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, Faculty of Engineering. The host department offers a M.Sc. Urban and Regional Planning, which inter alia, addresses Future Earth Coasts hotspot themes such as Planning in the Coastal Zone and Small Island Developing States Natural Resources Management. A M.Sc. and Graduate Diploma in Coastal Engineering and Management are offered in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

These programmes actively seek to promote interdisciplinary research and inclusivity among communities through stakeholder engagement. Research collaboration with partners such as the Institute of Marine Affairs, the Town and Country Planning Division, the Environmental Management Authority and community-based organisations, which promote sustainable coastal management, has had the benefit of co-designed research and project implementation.

The REP sees as a primary mandate and mission, the necessity to promote awareness and knowledge of the critical anthropogenic drivers that impact small island developing states (SIDS). Climate change and disaster risks are considered issues that are undermining the efforts of SIDS to attain sustainable development. The REP proposes to work toward finding innovative ways using a science-policy-practice interface framework to abate these complex challenges in the face of limited financial resources. A long-term goal is to establish a network of young professionals in small islands who can develop new thinking on solving persistent coastal management complexities and who can actively champion inclusive, sustainable, safe and resilient human settlements.

Key Activities

The Caribbean Small Island Developing States engagement partner’s planned key FEC-related activities:

  • Climate change and coasts
  • Coastal cities
  • Sustainable coastal livelihoods

Other Information

Publications and Projects:

  • Mycoo, M.A. (2018). Beyond 1.5°C: Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Strategies for Caribbean Small Island Developing States. Regional Environmental Change 18(8), 2341-2353.
  • Mycoo, M. (2018). “Sustainable Tourism, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Policies in Barbados.” Section VI: Introduction to Green Infrastructure for Rising Sea Levels and Coastal Risks. In: E. M. Hamin Infield, Y. Abunnasr and R. L. Ryan (Eds). Planning for Climate Change: A Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities. Routledge, London.
  • Mycoo, M.A. (2018). Urban Sustainability in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: An Urban Planning Perspective Using a Case Study of Trinidad. International Development Planning Review 40 (2): 143-174.
  • Mycoo, M. and M.G. Donovan. (2017). A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington. D.C, USA. doi:
  • Mycoo, M. (2015). Communicating Climate Change in Rural Coastal Communities, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 7 (1), 58-75.
  • Lane, D.E., M. Mercer-Clarke, J.D. Clarke, M. Mycoo and J.F. Gobin. (2015). Chapter 9: Managing Adaptation to Climate Change in the Coastal Zone. In: J. Baztan, O. Chouinard, B. Joregensen, P. Tett, J. Vanderlinden and L. Vasseur (Eds). Coastal Zone Challenges: 21 Solutions for Our Century. pp. 141-157. Elsevier. Amsterdam, Oxford, Washington.

Host Institution

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
The Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago


Michelle Mycoo Ph.D., Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Caribbean REP Director