The UK Royal Navy is assisting the Caribbean in preparing its agencies to enforce the region’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

This will be done during a one-week course in Barbados from 23 to 29 September titled ‘Exclusive Economic Zone Management‘. The programme will be delivered by officers of the Royal Navy?s Maritime Warfare School from HMS COLLINGWOOD in the UK.

The general premise of the course is that since the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 82), while most countries have increased their claimed waters from the previous three nautical mile territorial sea, few have been able to increase their enforcement agencies proportionately. Consequently, in order to make maximum use of limited resources, countries have been sharing information and resources among stakeholders and seeking to develop regional solutions to issues.

The RN officers will seek to familiarise students with EEZ operations and provide a forum for discussion at a regional level. Under discussion will be environmental, humanitarian and enforcement issues, as well as international laws and requirements. The course will also look at how the UK addresses these issues.

Thirty participants from the Caribbean and South America will take part in what is being termed ‘a forum of co-operation‘. The group will comprise a breakdown of roughly 50 percent English-speaking and 50 percent Spanish-speaking participants. Instruction will be in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

British High Commissioner, Duncan Taylor, will officially open the course with remarks by the British Defence Adviser for the region, Captain Peter Morgan.

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