Environment Minister signs off on anti-flooding measures in Holetown; what about Graeme Hall’s sluice?

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS joined Dr. Denis Lowe, Minister of Environment and Drainage, by signing an agreement supporting Barbados’ adaptation to climate change. This measure seeks to place anti-flood measures along Barbados’ west coast. Will it reinstate the 300 jobs lost in Lowe’s ministry at the end of 2013?

Through this agreement, USAID will provide $5.3 million over three years to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and Drainage to design and implement critical climate change adaptation measures in the country. The Government of Barbados will contribute an estimated $1.7 million to these activities and will manage the program with oversight and support from USAID. Meanwhile, the sluice in Worthing continues to create a situation where the Graeme Hall Sanctuary continues to fester.

Through this agreement, USAID will provide $5.3 million over three years to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and Drainage to design and implement critical climate change adaptation measures in the country. The Government of Barbados will contribute an estimated $1.7 million to these activities and will manage the program with oversight and support from USAID. Meanwhile, the sluice in Worthing continues to create a situation where the Graeme Hall Sanctuary continues to fester.

The Water Resource Management and Flood Resilience Climate Change Adaptation Programme will develop a scientifically based, systematic approach to the management of climate-related risks associated with flooding from ridge to reef along the west coast of Barbados. This area has high tourism development and infrastructure and is tremendously vital to the growth and development of Barbados. Isn’t Graeme Hall an equally vital area?

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