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Downstream Strategies, partners to help Barbados with ecosystem planning

Downstream Strategies, partners to help Barbados with ecosystem planning

Posted by Shanelle Weir on August 19, 2014

 West Virginia-based Downstream Strategies, along with the Natural Capital Project, the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy have all been hired by the Inter-American Development Bank to support coastal zone management in  Barbados .

The consultancy collaboration aims at integrating climate impacts and the benefits of ecosystem services into the Barbados Coastal Zone Management Unit planning process.

Possible ecosystem services would include coastal erosion reduction provided by coral reefs, water quality improvements from forestlands and tourism opportunities provided by beaches.

The coastal region of  Barbados  is the country's largest economic asset, according to information from Downstream Strategies. The country's tourism industry, which accounts for more than 40 percent of employment and GDP in Barbados  is dependent on the marine and coastal environment.

Downstream Strategies has offices in both  Morgantown  and Alderson. It offers environmental consulting services that link economic development with natural resource stewardship, according to a company news release. The company was founded in 2006 and has worked on more than 20 projects worldwide, including water security in  Latin America , integrated coastal planning in  Belize and land-use planning in  Indonesia .

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