technical-tours

CUF 2022

CUF 2022

At CUF 2022 we want to take the opportunity to get out of the conference room and have a look at what  is taking place on the land and in the water as we support resilient and sustainable development and livelihoods. We will be offering four (4) technical tours from June 15th through to June 18th. These tours are all sponsored by quasi -government and private sector agencies and will be free of charge to CUF in-person participants. You may participate in one (1) or more of these field events. In order to ensure that we make adequate arrangements for transport, we invite you to select the tours that you wish to join. If you are unsure, you may continue with your registration and return to this page to select your tour(s) up to May 15th 2022. 

Technical Field Tour #1 – Walking Tour of Bridgetown:

 Wednesday June 15th 1:30pm to 4:30pm

This a walking tour of Bridgetown. The tour will visit several development initiatives in Central Bridgetown that seek to protect, enhance and link cultural heritage sites, natural assets, open spaces and new development initiatives. The Constitution River enhancement programme is central to current efforts in the revitalisation of Bridgetown.   

Bridgetown and its Garrison was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in June 2011 and urban planning has taken a new guard to address the threat of climate change to this coastal capital, seeking to keep it alive and well as a place to live, work and do business.  The tour will commence at the conference venue and will be hosted by the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc.

Technical Field Tour #2 – Urban Rehabilitation Programme:

Thursday June 16th 1:30pm to 4:30pm

This tour will explore the rehabilitation work being done at three (3) historic and entertainment centres on the west and south coast of the island. At Speightstown, St. Lawrence Gap and Oistins, work has been undertaken to protect and preserve the architectural assets and infrastructure.

The various climate change adaptation and enhancement measures to be visited have been undertaken under the Urban Rehabilitation Programme implemented by the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. (BTII). Buses will depart from the conference venue. The tour will be hosted by the BTII.

Technical Field Tour #3 – Renewable Energy Generation:

Friday June 17th 1:30pm to 4:30pm

This tour will visit the Barbados Light and Power Company’s (BLPC) Clean Energy Bridge (CEB) generation site at Trents, St. Lucy.  The site consists of a 10 MW solar and sheep farm, utility-scale battery storage and a 33 MW of new medium-speed engines due to start operations in April, 2022.

In the short-term, the 33MW plant will keep the production cost of electricity down by being more fuel efficient and reliable. In the longer-term, it will serve as a back-up plant to cater for those periods when intermittent renewable generation sources have lower output.

The new plant is expected to replace some of the operations at the Spring Garden Substation and Generation Power plant and will allow a smooth transition towards to national goal of 100% renewable energy generation by 2030. Buses will depart from the conference venue. The tour will be hosted by the Barbados Light and Power Company.

Technical Field Tour #4 – On-the-Water Tour of South Coast:

Saturday 18th 9:00am to 12noon

This is a boat tour of the south coast of the island. On tour we will examine coastal planning initiatives and development concerns for vulnerable low-lying areas. The tour will depart from Shallow Draft, Bridgetown. The tour will be hosted by the Coastal Zone Management Unit, Ministry of Environment and Beautification, Barbados.