The Ministry of Environment hosted a National “Sensitisation Workshop on Biosafety”. Barbados has been a Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety since September 2003 and is committed to raising public awareness on issues involving the release of LMO’s (Living Modified Organisms). These issues include the potential impacts on human health and the environment as well as establishing practical rules and procedures for regulating the movement of LMOs.
The objective of the workshop was to raise awareness of biosafety in general, the Cartagena Protocol and the implementation of national biosafety frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-Region. (more…)
Under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) was designed as a global mechanism for the exchange of information pertaining to the movement and trade of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The primary goal of the BCH is to assist parties in complying with their obligations under the Cartagena Protocol. This is achieved through the systematic sharing of technical, scientific, legal and administrative information.
The hub of the BCH is a central portal housed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on their website, which is designed to be interoperable with other databases. Each party is required to contribute specific information to this global portal, and this information must be supplied within set time frames. (more…)
After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. In June 1966 at Lancaster House in London, the Barbados Constitutional Conference was convened and all parties were unanimous in wishing Barbados to attain its independence and formally join the Commonwealth of Nations. At the stroke of midnight on 29 November 1966, Barbados became an independent, sovereign state and The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow became our first Prime Minister. (more…)
On February 10, 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, under the direction of the Minister, Dr. Hon. Dennis Lowe coordinate a tour of ecosystems which were especially classified as sites of special interest or of particular important for the purpose of conservation and management. These tours were conducted as part of efforts to fully assess the condition of these ecosystems in light of historical and recent anthropogenric activities, with the purpose of document the challenges faced by agencies in charge of their conservation and restoration and to detail plans going forward for their continued conservation, management and special circumstances, restoration.
On February 8, 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, under the direction of the Minister, Dr. Hon. Dennis Lowe coordinate a tour of coastal sites which were especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The tours were conducted as part of efforts to fully assess the condition of these coastal sites, document the challenges faced by agencies in charge of their conservation and restoration and to detail plans going forward for their continued conservation, management and restoration.
The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty adopted on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar, the Convention entered into force in 1975 and covers all aspects of wetland conservation and wise use recognising wetlands as ecosystems that are extremely important for biodiversity conservation in general and for the well-being of human communities.
Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. They occur where the water table is at or near the surface of the land, or where the land is covered by shallow water. The Ramsar Convention takes a broad approach in determining the wetlands which come under its aegis. Under the text of the Convention (Article 1.1), wetlands are defined as: “areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres”. In addition, the Convention (Article 2.1) provides that wetlands: may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands”. (more…)