Barbadians have a history of plant usage for health stretching back to the period 1600s to 1800s. Our population is mainly of African descent and rural communities still hold dear to the knowledge base. This is being hampered, however, due to loss of biodiversity and traditional knowledge. Our project has as its mandate knowledge sharing to effect a positive response and commitment to championing heritage preservation in the long run and plant conservation in the immediate.

Tags: Citizen Science, Climate change, Cultural Memory, Education, Environment & Nature, Food & Agriculture, Future /green cities, Science Communication, Trust in science, Biocultural diversity.

Sonia Peter

Biocultural Education Education and Research Programme

I am Barbadian, living on the most easterly island in the Caribbean archipelago which, unlike the hotspot, is limited in biodiversity. I am a graduate of the University of the West Indies receiving both BSc and Ph.D. degrees with a concentration in chemistry. Natural Products Research unexpectedly led to a passion for ethnomedicine, ethnobotany and conservation of plant biodiversity. I established The Biocultural Education and Research Programme for public education on conservation.

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