Implementing and Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean: The Role of the Ocean

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Identifying and Articulating Knowledge Needs for the Implementation and Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals in Caribbean Small Island States and Matching Those Needs to Knowledge, Tools, and Data.


The workshop will take place on January 17-19, 2018 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The venue will be the Beachcombers Hotel near Kingstown. More information on the venue will be made available here in the near future.

Travel Logistics

SVG can be reach with LIAT flights from Barbados (Bridgetown), St. Lucia (Castries) and Trinidad and Tobago (Port of Spain) with several flights per day (see routes). These three islands are well connected to international airports in North America and Europe. Flights arrive at the new Argyle Airport opened in Spring 2017. It is recommended to make bookings as soon as possible. Note that on the flight out, sufficient time for the transfer from the Liat flight to another airline should be planned in since Liat flights have a tendency to have significant delays.

Transfer from the airport to the hotel should be prearranged. It is possible to arrange shared rides. Recommended is to provide arrival times and flight numbers to Samuel Taxi Service at, phone +1-784-593-2188, who will then pool as many travelers as possible.


Accommodation will be available at the Beachcombers Hotel. There are also other nearby hotels that offer rooms at reasonable rates. See here for more details.


The Beachcombers Hotel has a restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The "French Veranda" is another restaurant in walking distance. Information on other restaurants close to the workshop venue will be made available in the near future.

Workshop Dinner

A workshop dinner will take place at the venue (Beachcombers Hotel) on Wednesday evening, January 17, 2018.


Standard electricity is at 220 V with a grounded BS 1363 plugs (U.K. Plugs). Some hotels have additional U.S. 110 V plugs in the room or offer adaptors for U.S. plugs. However, to be safe, it is recommended to bring adaptors to connect your equipment for U.K. plugs.

Time Zone

The time zone of Saint Vincent and the Grenadine is Atlantic Standard Time (AST). See Time in Kingstown for the time difference to your time zone.


Currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. ATMs are available at the airport, at major supermarkets and at banks in Kingstown.

Climate and Weather

A brief overview of the climate in SVG can be found at

A report on climate change in SVG prepared by the SVG government in 2000 for the UNFCCC is available at

What to do and visit in SVG

For information on places to visit in SVG see the official tourism information available here. Information on the SVG government and its activities in SVG can be found on the official web page of the SVG government.

Useful Information

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. For recommended and routine vaccinations, see

Last, it is illegal to wear or import camouflage clothing in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Left: View to Bequai. Right: Kingstown

This workshop was sponsored by:

under grant 80NSSC17K0241