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Barbados - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

Barbados is a small Caribbean island with a mild subtropical climate. It is relatively flat, composed mostly of coral limestone with deep riverbed gullies. These gullies tend to have a large and mature collection of native ferns, climbers, shrubs and trees. These gullies are particularly significant, as Barbados’ natural vegetation cover has been reduced to around 2% or 800 hectares of the island’s territory since its settlement in 1627... More »

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The 12 specific objectives of the strategy and action plan include: mobilization of financial resources; development of a human resource base and strengthening of institutional capacity; conducting research to develop sustainable use management techniques and mechanisms; revision and formulation of policy and legislation; and promoting biodiversity conservation through incentives... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

There are several strategies in place to ensure conservation of biodiversity, including the Fisheries Management Plan and the Integrated Coastal Management Plan. The Area Development Plan and the Physical Development Plan both recommend that agricultural practices take into consideration environmental protection and sustainable use... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

To further protect its ecosystems, Barbados is currently preparing for accession to the Ramsar Convention, with the Graeme Hall Swamp slated to be the first designated site.

Initiatives for Article 8(j)

The Government provides financial and technical support for the strengthening and development of local fisherfolk organizations. It is the Government’s policy to consult Fishers in the decision making process.

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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