Prince Charles of the United Kingdom’s royal family, emphasised the importance of a “vital blue economy” as a solution to climate change while on a tour of the Caribbean region.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been traveling around the Caribbean, visiting Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and Cuba.
Prince Charles is heavily involved in environmental and sustainable initiatives, and praised the sustainable agriculture methods and projects undertaken by local entrepreneurs in St. Lucia to protect the environment.
He emphasised the importance of economic growth focused on the sustainable use of marine resources, the blue economy, which he called “vital” and a crucial solution to climate change.
Prince Charles praised a project which is mapping St. Lucia’s seabed, which is supported by the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme. This programme was launched by the UK government three years to support the blue economies of 17 Commonwealth small island states. The initiative, said Prince Charles, holds “the potential to help develop St. Lucia’s vital blue economy in significant and sustainable ways”.