A roadmap towards sustainability, resilience and innovation in the Caribbean.
Sustainability, resilience and innovation matter in the Caribbean. Comprising of a total of 30 nations and territories and up to 5000 islands this unique chain of islands all have their own identity, history, culture, and of course, challenges.
For example, The Eastern Caribbean is considered by many to be one of the most disaster-prone regions of the world. Climate change is increasing disaster vulnerability in a region already exposed to a range of natural hazards, including tectonic and volcanic activity, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and storm surges. In recognition of this reality, the Caribbean is currently at the forefront of global initiatives such as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The transboundary nature of shared ocean resources means collaborating closely to realise sustainable opportunities for the region is critical as new and innovative options for managing oceans and coasts are explored. Tackling collective issues such as maritime safety and security are just as important as protecting the underlying marine resources upon which regional blue economy and marine based industries thrive.
In January 2018, Future Earth Coasts had the privilege to help craft, coordinate, and deliver a capacity building workshop entitled ‘Utilising Earth Observation to support Blue Growth and Risk Management in the Caribbean’. The workshop, funded by the European Space Agency and held in St Lucia, was a collaborative effort between Future Earth Coasts, the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), University College Cork/MaREI (UCC), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the World Bank.
This exciting four-day event brought together experts from Member and Associate Member States of the OECS, the University of the West Indies, UCC, the University of South Florida, the Department of Environment-Belize, and representatives from the private sector, ACRI-HE. The event was designed to explore how Earth Observation (EO) data could be used to help support regional and local research efforts in four key issue areas.
- Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Maritime Safety and Security
- Sargassum Influxes into Coastal Systems
- Climate Change and Risk Reduction
We are proud to launch the outputs of this workshop, in the form of a roadmap, to clearly articulate regional priorities that were identified during the event. We hope this document will enable policy and decision makers, researchers, and stakeholders to get a snapshot of regional issues, needs, and actions as well as how EO may be a tool to augment existing efforts.
There is an ever-evolving need for sustainable development and economic security in the face of global change. As technology advances, new innovations become open to us that can assist in creative solution identification. However, the key to all solutions remains people. Investment in people to help raise capacity and capabilities, while providing space for collaborations and discussion remains the key to sustainable development in the Caribbean and beyond. We, at Future Earth Coasts, are lucky to have numerous important partnerships and collaborative opportunities dedicated to helping people contribute to global coastal sustainability. Watch this space for more information about how you can get involved.
You can download the Roadmap here
To access all the Training Materials please go here