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From left, UNDP Resident Representative Valerie Cliff, Minister of Environment and National Beautification Adrian Forde and Japanese Ambassador to Barbados Teruhiko Shinada signed the agreement yesterday. – (Photo by Shanice King.)

Japan stepped in to help the Caribbean solve their Sargassum seaweed problem.

For many years, invasive algae washed up on shore, often causing smelly buildup and negatively affecting local marine life. The phenomenon has been attributed to climate change.

Yesterday, Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed a three-year US$12.3 million project to build capacity for Sargassum management in the Caribbean, at United Nations House, Marine Gardens, Christ Church. It involves six countries – Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia. Each will receive approximately $2 million in equipment and expertise.

Japan’s Ambassador to Barbados, Teruhiko Shinada, said the donation would include harvesters, beach rakes, boats, tractors, dump trucks, booms and barriers. Since Japan is also an island, they understood the importance of marine conservation and coastal protection, he said. (CALIFORNIA)

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