Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative
The Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative empowers Barbudans to restore their coastal waters by developing a Sustainable Coastal Policy that is based on science, supports coastal and fishing livelihoods, involves extensive stakeholder participation, and includes creation of sanctuary zones (closed to fishing) in order to replenish fish populations and restore a healthy ecosystem.
This initiative is the pilot for the new work of the Waitt Institute, and we are committed to replicating this science-based, community-driven approach by parterning with an additional government each year. For more information on this project, please visit the Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative website.
Waitt Institute Role
The Waitt Institute’s primary roles are to provide technical expertise and facilitate the policymaking process. The Institute will fund the planning phase (2013); contribute substantially to implementation, outreach, and education for 2014 and 2015; and provide limited support in 2016 and 2017. The vision is implementation run fully by Barbudans and sustainably financed by 2016.
The Waitt Institute endeavors to ensure ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable use of ocean resources. The Institute partners with governments committed to developing and implementing comprehensive, science-based, community-driven solutions for sustainable ocean management. Our goal is to benefit coastal communities while restoring fish populations and habitats. Our approach is to engage stakeholders, provide the tools needed to design locally appropriate policies, facilitate the policymaking process, and build capacity for effective implementation and long-term success.