A new Blue Bonds project will unlock $50 million to help Barbados protect up to 30% of its marine ecosystems. Inclusive, Science-Based Marine Spatial Planning Is Key for Lasting Success.
For small island nations struggling with debt, the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the costly effects of climate change, setting aside money for marine conservation can seem out of reach. Yet Barbados, whose prime minister, Mia Mottley, is known for her fiscal responsibility and global climate leadership, has struck a deal that will leverage $50 million in funding to help protect the nation’s marine ecosystems, support communities and sustainably develop its blue economy.
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TEEMING WITH LIFE A hawksbill sea turtle on a coral reef in Barbados. © Shane Gross
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