The Caribbean Reef Education and Training Initiative Project Overview
Statement of Purpose Higher education and professional training to conserve the Caribbean’s coral reefs. Involved Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Project Coordinator: The University of the West Indies (UWI). Project Partners: The University of Belize; and The College of The Bahamas.
Locations and Duration Locations: The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Jamaica; and Trinidad and Tobago. Project lasts 36 months (ends 31 December, 2011).
Budget Total Budget: EUR 629,693.66. EU Co-Funding: EUR 479,889.54. HEI Co-Funding: EUR 149,804.12
Relevance Of Action Coral Reefs: Are foundation of tourism and fishing industries: White-sand beaches derived from reefs; and Fishing industry is largely reef-based; Account for one sixth of region’s jobs; Account for one third of region’s income; and Account for 500,000 tonnes of region’s food. Value of reefs = US$ 600,000 per km2 per year.
Relevance Of Action Caribbean has lost more than 75% of living coral cover. All region’s corals may be dead within 40 years. Anthropogenic Degradation: Overexploitation; Pollution-induced disease; and Climate-induced bleaching (i.e., loss of colouration may cause death).
Deterioration of Caribbean reefs well documented. Documentation undertaken by non-Caribbean nationals. Caribbean nationals: Ignorant reef devastation; and Underrepresented in reef management efforts. Reef management projects either: Lack suitably-trained personnel; or Not sustainable with staff on short-term contracts. Relevance Of Action
Obstacles to more professionals and stakeholding: Few persons can deliver reef-based courses; Capable persons scattered around region; Outside training expensive and ineffectual; Inefficient duplication of effort between HEIs; No Caribbean-specific coral textbooks; and Field stations poorly equipped. Relevance Of Action
Projected Results Staff development partnership between HEIs; Course entitled “Coral Reef Biology & Management”; Ten self- and peer-trained lecturers; 75 graduates entering workplace per year; Articulate lobby to change reef conservation policy; Region’s first textbook and practical manual; Website with course multimedia; Field stations with upgraded facilities; and Better-managed reefs and improved livelihoods.
Questions & Comments Contact Information Dr. Judith M. Mendes or Dr. Mark A. Thomas The Caribbean Reef Education and Training Initiative c/o Bellairs Research Institute Folkestone St. James Barbados Tel: 1 (246) 422-2087 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org