In our third episode looking at ocean-related issues facing the eastern Caribbean island nation of Barbados, released in the run-up to the UN Oceans Conference, we turn to the issue of the coral reef. Barbados’s reef has been declining for decades, hit by decades of pollution and the climate crisis.
In this week’s show, a wonderful coral reef discovery in the South Pacific, and the far from wonderful country-wide jobs crunch in Afghanistan, as the economy nosedives. In Africa, there’s been a “significant drop” in new cases of COVID, the UN health agency has said, but it’s no time for complacency.
And searing memories of the Holocaust from the last remaining survivors, as told to film producer Sophie Nahum; plus a famous poem by Mario Benedetti to put everything into context for us.
Civil society groups, government agencies and local people in Trinidad and Tobago are coming together to improve management of forests and other protected areas, including those linked to the sea.
They are doing so through a US$30 million project focusing on six pilot sites across the island nation that include a marine protected area in Tobago, home to several significant coral reef formations.