In the mid-1990s, the owner of Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary (GHNS) acquired approximately 37 acres of land in Barbados and created an eco-tourist site. There is a rich history with the local Barbadian people in the creation of GHNS. Many local Barbadians were involved in the development and construction of the eco-tourist site. GHNS was appreciated and enjoyed by many local Barbadians. It was truly an eco-tourist center that offered activities for everyone, from enjoying the wildlife and migratory birds to visiting the aviaries and walking along the boardwalk. The GHNS is the last significant mangrove on the island and home to a wide variety of fish and wildlife communities.
GHNS has been faced with severe pollution and environmental damage since 2005. The key players in this environmentally disastrous situation include the Government of Barbados and their affiliate agencies, international organizations, and multilateral financing agencies (such as the IMF and IDB).