Description of the project:

From October 2021 to March 2024, CANARI will be partnering with the Department of Natural Resources -Anguilla, Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration -British Virgin Islands, Department of Environment -Montserrat, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies (UWI-CERMES) and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission to implement the project, ‘Sustainable sargassum management in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat’.

The project is aimed at enhancing the knowledge, institutional frameworks, experience and commitment of  coastal and marine resource managers and users in Anguilla, BVI and Montserrat to manage the ecological and socio-economic risks from sargassum influxes. Key activities include: improving research, monitoring of influxes to inform decision-making; strengthening multi-stakeholder engagement; and building the capacity of coastal and marine managers and users for sargassum use, removal and rehabilitation of affected areas.


The project is funded by the UK Government through Darwin Plus: Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund under the Darwin Initiative. See here for project brief.

The project will produce the following key outputs:

  1. Local and scientific knowledge on the ecological and socio-economic impacts of sargassum influxes in Anguilla, BVI and Montserrat documented and used to inform management best practices and decision-making
  2. Knowledge communicated and coastal and marine resource managers and users engaged in raising awareness and implementing practical activities on sargassum impacts and management best practices in Anguilla, BVI and Montserrat
  3. Sargassum management plans developed and implemented using a multi-level, participatory process to address coastal and marine biodiversity and livelihood risks at territorial and local levels in Anguilla, BVI and Montserrat

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For more information contact Yasa Belmar, Senior Technical Officer, at [email protected]

Photo: Sargassum on Marguerita Bay, Montserrat. Credit: CANARI