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Barbados - Overview

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Please note that this country profile has been prepared by the Secretariat on the basis of information provided in the NBSAP and national reports, but has not been reviewed by the Party concerned.

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Barbados is the most easterly island of the Eastern Caribbean island chain. The island is 34 km long and 23 km wide and has a total land area of approximately 432 km2 with a mild subtropical climate... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The main threat to biodiversity is habitat loss which is caused mainly by tourism developments, unsustainable land use practices, land clearance and golf course developments... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The NBSAP of Barbados was established in 2002 with the Ministry of Environment and Drainage acting as the focal point. Management employs a multidisciplinary approach, coordinating between ministries, NGOs, CBOs, academia, the private sector, regional and international organizations, that all have legislative mandates, administrative procedures and specific goals... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Steps taken towards achieving the 2020 targets include the National Physical Development Plan, which makes provisions for the establishment of a national system of parks and open spaces to ensure the protection and conservation of natural and cultural assets, while supporting the socio-economic development of communities within the park boundaries... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Although currently there is no existing comprehensive environmental legislation, some laws address specific aspects of the Convention on Biological Diversity, even though it is not their overarching intention... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

There still remains no formal monitoring and reporting system in place to measure the extent to which the activities have been carried out, and how they have impacted on achieving the objectives... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Edison Alleyne
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP, ICNP ABS NFP
Mrs. Kim Downes Agard
CBD Secondary NFP
Mr. Steve A. Devonish
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Edison Alleyne
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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