The Destruction of Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
Destruction of Protected Mangrove and Eco-tourist Site at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
In June 2019, an extensive environmental laboratory study was completed to assess the impacts to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and surrounding protected mangrove/wetlands area by the neighbouring South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant (the “SCSP”).
Almost a year later, after the complete collapse of the SCSP, it has been confirmed that there are high levels of fecal matter and other pollutants contaminating the Sanctuary and surrounding area. The report recommends the restriction of public access to the lake due to serious health concerns, thereby making it impossible to operate the Sanctuary as an eco-tourist site.
Failures of the SCSP, operated by the Barbados Water Authority, have resulted in numerous discharges of raw sewage into the Sanctuary. The discharges have been occurring since 2005 and almost continuously since late 2017.
For over 10 years, the eco-tourist site and protected wetland has been treated as a conventional wastewater (facultative) lagoon by the South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant.
The Government of Barbados has exacerbated the problems by continuously failing to maintain and operate the sluice gate diligently and responsibly, and as a result, causing further damage to the health of the salt-tolerant mangroves and wildlife.
Here is our new video about this destruction.
Barbados and its Unfulfilled Ramsar Convention Obligations
Barbados government has violated several obligations and commitments in the RAMSAR convention. Instead of conservation, the Government of Barbados through its agency, the Barbados Water Authority, are paving the path of utter destruction of the only significant mangrove forest on the island. Details...
How do we miss GHNS?
Throughout different websites and social media, several comments have expressed their despair as the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary (GHNS) is closed.
The Importance of Preserving GHNS for Environmental Education
In whole of Caribbean, GHNS is one of the few places where one can experience and study the life and behaviour of migratory birds and the avifauna of the island under the leafy shade of primitive mangroves. Details...
Barbados and the Biodiversity Convention: Another broken commitment
On December 10th,1993, Barbados became a party to the Biodiversity Convention and acknowledged that the Graeme Hall wetlands are a major biodiversity resource for the island. Details...
The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and It's Healing Powers
With half of the world now living under lockdown, the ability to go outside to breathe fresh air has
never been so important. With the presence of COVID-19, it has forced us as individuals to rethink
and challenge what is most important to us.
We hope that the people in positions of policy and changemaking will realize the dire importance
in protecting the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and take proactive actions to ensure that the people of
Barbados can enjoy it now and into the future. Details...