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Barbados, Coastal Zone Management Unit

Coastal Zone Management Unit
Warrens Towers 2
Warrens, St. Michael

Richard Suckoo

Marine Biologist

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The Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) of Barbados, which was established in 1996, was developed from the original Coastal Conservation Project Unit created in 1983. Since 1983 we have sought to create one of the preeminent coastal zone management institutions in the Caribbean.

At present, the CZMU which is located in Warren, St. Michael, performs a variety of coastal management functions inter alia: coral reef monitoring and research, updating the inventory of coastal resources, consultations with the Town and Country Development Planning Office (TCDPO) regarding all coastal development, beach erosion and accretion monitoring and control, updating the inventory of coastal structures, regulation of marine research, public education of ICZM, coastal conservation project designs and management, and the review of any coastal projects.

Here at the CZMU we are dedicated to advancing the knowledge, use, development, conservation and management of the coastal zone and its resources. This is our underlying functional responsibility, as the Barbados coast is essential to the lives of all Barbadians. To achieve this responsibility the CZMU therefore relies on the strong interest and support of the Barbadian public.

IYOR Activities Plan

Activities in support of the International Year of the Reef 2018 will focus on raising of awareness nationally about the value of and threats to coral reefs.

Activities planned include:

  • production of IYOR 2018 calendar
  • coastal hikes
  • marine-based activities as part of a summer camp
  • public lectures
Last Updated: June 15, 2018