Our work focusses on the poorest affected communities, to ensure that no one is left behind in benefitting from Sargassum re-use opportunities.”says Ms Bethia Thomas, SARTRAC PhD Researcher at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of West Indies.
“I am most interested in the SARTRAC theme of transformational adaptation; using sargassum, that is currently viewed as a threat to livelihoods, to generate benefits for the poor, in developing countries in the Caribbean and West Africa. This makes me particularly excited as I am from the Caribbean myself.
I am excited about our planned data collection in Saint Lucia. We are going to be investigating how communities can benefit from Sargassum re-use, but will also look into reasons why some uses of Sargassum do not generate community benefits.”