Future Earth Coasts

Future Earth Coasts who has an International Project Office based in MaREI had the privilege to help craft, coordinate, and deliver a capacity building workshop entitled ‘Utilising Earth Observation to support Blue Growth and Risk Management in the Caribbean’. The workshop, funded by the European Space Agency and held in St Lucia, was a collaborative effort between Future Earth Coasts, the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), University College Cork/MaREI(UCC), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the World Bank.

The four-day event brought together experts from Member and Associate Member States of the OECS, the University of the West Indies, UCC, the University of South Floridathe Department of Environment-Belize, and representatives from the private sector, ACRI-HE.

The event was designed to explore how Earth Observation (EO) data could be used to help support regional and local research efforts in four key issue areas.

  1. Fisheries and Aquaculture
  2. Maritime Safety and Security
  3. SargassumInfluxes into Coastal Systems
  4. Climate Change and Risk Reduction

The outputs of this workshop, were produced in the form of a roadmap, to clearly articulate regional priorities that were identified during the event