Tourism is an important part of the economy of Barbados. It’s also a sector that depends on maintaining natural resources, from beaches to coral reefs.
Harrison’s Cave is an example of how the government of Barbados is working to benefit from tourism without degrading the landscape. The cave is part of an Integrated Nature Tourism Area, which places restrictions on building and land use to protect the environment. The Natural Heritage Department has built amenities at the cave site and pathways through the cave.
“It’s a bit of a contradiction to some,” said Steve Devonish, the director of the Natural Heritage Department. However, he said the project helps control traffic flow through the cave, allowing both visitors and the local community to benefit while minimizing the impacts tourism can have.