Port of Spain, June 8, 2021 To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8 on the theme of “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods,” the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has released a podcast mini-series entitled “Blue-green enterprises: Caribbean journeys” which showcases the inspiring stories of six local community micro-enterprises using ocean resources to develop sustainable livelihoods and provide economic opportunities in their communities.

These local blue-green enterprises and others like them are critical to local economic development in coastal communities around the Caribbean.  More than 134 million people who live on or near the coast are supported by the Caribbean Sea’s ocean economy.

According to Dr Didacus Jules, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, “The sea is currently a subsistence resource for coastal villagers … these are the real people who are the human focus of our blue economy work …  We want to help them move from subsistence to prosperity.”

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                                                                                                  Photo: KOOPA-3B beekeepers and their PISCES project mentor, (far left) Josue Celiscar, Haiti. Credit: Josue Celiscar.