Research and Outreach
CERMES has a proud history of collaboration with regional and international partners through various research projects primarily in the Caribbean. Below is a selection of some current and completed projects.

Sargassum. The Symposuim which was facilitatied by The Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies, brought together top natural and social scientists from across the University with key stakeholders in the Caribbean’s tourism, business and fisheries sectors to discuss the sargassum seaweed phenomenon invading our region’s beaches and threatening key economic sectors. This site provides access to the useful links, insightful presentations and summaries of the roundtable discussions which took place. More content will be added as we continue to look for innovations and solutions to the Sargassuim influx phenomenon.
Socio-economic Monitoring for Coastal Management (SocMon) is a global initiative of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA-Marine), Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The initiative is being implemented at the global and regional levels with the goal of establishing socio-economic coastal and marine monitoring programmes globally at the site level. CERMES is the regional SocMon node for the English-speaking Caribbean.
Water-aCCSIS is a regional initiative that is contributing to the improvement of water management and climate change adaptation of Caribbean states and the development of adaptive management strategies that will balance the sustainability of ecosystems and societal needs. The University of the West Indies (UWI) - Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES),
the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), are collaborating to build the scientific knowledge base and expand research capacity within the Caribbean.
The Gender In Fisheries Team (GIFT) is a research team led by The University of the West Indies (UWI)- Center for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES). It seeks to facilitate and support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines), particularly the sub-section on Gender Equality, in member states of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).
The Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) Guidelines addresses key concerns of small-scale fishers, fish workers and/or their communities using a human rights-based approach. The focus of the project is to incorporate the SSF Guidelines into Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) so they can be moved from policy into practice. This project is being conducted in collaboration with stakeholders and partners – CNFO, CERMES, CRFM Secretariat and CANARI.

The BIOPAMA programme is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group which is financially supported by the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The programme aims to address threats to biodiversity in  ACP countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas by improving data availability and developing capacity to strengthen protected area management.
The Caribbean Protected Area Gateway (Caribbean Gateway) was established for the Caribbean region.

As a Regional Node for EBM-DSS dissemination and application, the aim is to demonstrate that an Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) approach, moving beyond the Business-as-Usual- "sectoral" management, is key to maintaining viable healthy ecosystems and their associated good and services.
The Sustainable Grenadines Project (SusGren) aims to develop functional participatory co-management for integrated sustainable development in the Grenadines. The Grenadine islands lie on the Grenada Bank and straddle the boundary between Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Both Governments perceive their Grenadine Islands as having high potential for tourism and associated development.
Ocean Governance: CERMES is engaged in a diversity of activities relating to ocean governance in the Wider Caribbean Region and beyond. Many of these activities are based on the Large Marine Ecosystem Governance Framework which was conceived as a contribution to the development of the first phase of the GEF Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) Project (2009-2012). CERMES has also developed the Governance Effectiveness Assessment Framework (GEAF) that is the basis for monitoring the CLME+ Strategic Action Programme (SAP) that is currently being implemented. It was also used in the GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP).
Lion Fish mitigation
In response to the arrival of lionfish in the territorial waters of Barbados in November 2011, a campaign was launched to mitigate the potential threat this invasive species posed to the marine environment. Since the first confirmed sighting in 2011, a lot has taken place regarding the fight against lionfish, particularly in the areas of: tracking the local invasion; public awareness and education; research and; management and control. This webpage, developed through a European Union funded project, seeks to provide pertinent information on all aspects of the lionfish invasion in Barbados.  
Conset Bay Pilot Project - and its surrounding communities are situated on the East coast of Barbados in the parish of St. John and lie on the southern boundary of the National Park Land Use Plan for Barbados (Physical Development Plan 2003).
In an effort to upscale sustainable resource management in the area, UNEP and the Ministry of Environment and Drainage of Barbados, in conjunction with CERMES are cooperating on a pilot project entitled “Upscaling Sustainable Resource Management in Coastal Watershed Communities of Barbados’ National Park and System of Open Space
F.O.R.C.E Project Logo FORCE
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Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) is a global research network and knowledge mobilization partnership on small scale fisheries (SSF).
The Community-based Coral Reef Monitoring and Management Project seeks to build capacity at the community level to support identification and analysis of the problems facing coral reefs within the Folkestone Marine reserve and the development and implementation of community-level strategies to combat the existing impacts.
MPA Governace - Developing adaptive capacity for MPA governance in the eastern Caribbean is essential for sustainable biodiversity conservation and livelihoods, taking social and ecological uncertainties, including climate change, into account. The focus of this research project is to facilitate beneficial changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.

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MARSIS Logo MARSIS - The Grenadines Marine Resource Space-use Information System (MarSIS) brings together a variety of social, economic and environmental information drawn from both scientific and local knowledge into a single information system.Please visit the main site for this project at: