250 fishermen in Bluefield’s Bay, Jamaica, now have greater hope for the future, thanks to the establishment of a marine sanctuary. Wolde Kristos, president of the fishing society, is proud that the area will act as a ‘fish maternity ward’! Controlling fishing zones means securing a profitable future for the community, and fresh fish for holidaymakers for years to come…
In early 2008, we launched our Caribbean Regional Programme.
In March 2009 we commenced an inter-island water and energy initiative in the Caribbean, 'switch off, save big' using our greener accommodations toolkit.
We're also working on the following islands to help local communities benefit from tourism, and to conserve the local environment:
- Jamaica. In Jamaica we've been helping to protect marine life in Bluefield's Bay, as well as helping young Jamaicans to earn a living from tourism.
- St Lucia. In St Lucia we've building links between local farmers and hotels. We also ran a 'school gardens' project, teaching children about agriculture.
- Tobago. We've been working in Tobago since 2004 on several projects that demonstrate how tourism can have a positive impact on local people, culture and the environment.