University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, Barbados

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a multi-campus regional university serving the English-speaking Caribbean, the UWI campuses include The Mona and Western Campus located in Jamaica, St Augustine and Penal Campus located in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.
The Cave Hill Campus is characterized by its quaint and historic legacy. The campus was originally designed to accommodate approximately 500 students. However, the demand for quality education coupled with the Campus’ growing tradition of excellence has seen an exponential growth in student numbers, ranging from 7,000 – 9000 students per annum.
The physical expansion of the campus has taken place in a manner sympathetic to the original architectural design of low-rise buildings, simplicity, and orderliness. This, combined with the scenic attractiveness of the site, and the relatively small size of the University community has resulted in an atmosphere of intimacy and friendliness which is immediately felt by visitors to the Campus.
The Campus is located on 98.12 acres. The main campus is located on 47 acres of elevated scenic property overlooking the capital, Bridgetown, with a further 33 acres of land contiguous to the existing campus, overlooking the crystal clear, tranquil Caribbean Sea.
The Campus has also developed centers of excellence in numerous fields including:
• The Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) which promotes and facilitates sustainable development in the Caribbean and beyond.
• The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) The focus of the research and technical assistance programme is on economic and social development policy and governance and public policy.
• The Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit (IGDS: NBU) uses gender analysis to investigate material and ideological relations of gender affecting Caribbean women and men.

Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES)

The mission of CERMES is to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in the Caribbean region by:
Providing graduate students with advanced training in policies, mechanisms, and techniques for sustainable use and management of natural resources;
Conducting research that is relevant to natural resource and environmental management
Providing guidance, consultancy, and professional services to regional governments, NGOs, and the private sector on environmental matters;
Taking the lead in hosting and coordinating regional environmental initiatives and projects;
Heightening public awareness on matters of environmental importance through outreach activities;
Building capacity of private-sector and government decision-makers through short courses and training workshops;

CERMES has a strong focus on tropical island environmental management.

CERMES has purpose-built premises with academic, technical, and administrative staff offices. Almost everything needed by our students and staff members can be found in this uniquely constructed building. Amenities include:
Conference room
Three lecture rooms with built-in presentation equipment
Student project room
Large computer lab
Fisheries Lab – equipped for molecular genetics research
Water quality lab – equipped for marine water quality analyses
Dry/Marine equipment storage rooms
Shower facilities

CERMES also has marine facilities including a mooring, a small open boat with an outboard engine, a rowboat, diving equipment, and access to beach storage facilities.


Research Projects in Natural Resources Management

  • Biodiversity & Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) >>
  • Socio-Economic Monitoring for Coastal Management (SocMon) >>


BSc, MSc, and Doctoral Programs relevant to CNRD

  • Natural Resources Management (Water) >>
  • Natural Resources Management (Climate Change) >>
  • Natural Resources Management (Marine & Coastal Zone) >>
  • Renewable Energy >>

Activities in capacity development relevant to CNRD

  • Graduate Training >>
  • Marine Skills
  • Geo-Information Skills

Pool of Experts

Water Resources Management Dr. Adrian Cashman
Fisheries biology and management Professor Hazel Oxenford
Marine Protected Areas Dr. Patrick McConney
Sustainable Tourism Dr. Janice Cumberbatch
Environmental Impact Assessment Dr. Janice Cumberbatch
Socio-economic monitoring Ms. Maria Pena
Water quality assessments Ms. Renata Goodridge
Climate Change in SIDS Dr . Leonard Nurse
Videography Mr. Jehroum Wood
Geoinformation & Water Management Dr. David Yawson



Cave Hill Rd, Wanstead, Barbados