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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
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Date:  6/21/2011 
Monitoring the impact of climate change

Barbados is one of seven countries participating in the UNDP Global Environmental Facility (GEF)/WHO funded project captioned "Piloting Climate Adaptation to Protect Human Health". This project aims to identify, evaluate, promote and implement climate adaptation policies and strategies to minimise the impact on human health. Barbados has established a Climate Change Focal Point in the Ministry of Health to lead the project implementation.
Paragraphs: 58 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
The Governments of the Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS) recognise that the primary responsibility for the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (MSI) lies with themselves and their national and local stakeholders.. Barbados' progress has to be characterised as fair given the prevailing conditions and ongoing global crises. There have been many successes but significant challenges still remain.

Barbados has met and exceeded many of the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Barbados still remains one of the few countries in the Western Hemisphere to develop and implement a national policy for sustainable development. The Barbados Sustainable Development Policy (BSDP) is our National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS), which provides a national framework, guidelines and
principles that we can employ in our everyday activities. The policy promotes a motto of "Doing the right thing by doing things right".

The Caribbean region has been categorised as a "Global Hot Spot". Climate change will have a profound impact on the region and creates significant implications for living and lifestyles. The Government of Barbados recognises that in order to fulfil the MDGs pertaining to the environment, certain global environmental sustainability challenges needed to be overcome. The Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA), the MSI and Agenda 21 provide the overarching framework and template for achieving environmental sustainability.

Water Resource Management

Barbados is the 15th most water scarce country with infrastructure that faces challenges. However, when in relation to domestic water producers in the western hemisphere, the efforts of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) compares favourably. The water authority is pumping at near maximum capacity which puts ground water aquifers under significant pressure. The BWA is currently being restructured in order to keep pace with the challenges that lie ahead.
Paragraphs: 57 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
The Caribbean region has been categorised as a "Global Hot Spot". Climate change will have a profound impact on the region and creates significant implications for living and lifestyles. The Government of Barbados recognises that in order to fulfil the MDGs pertaining to the environment, certain global environmental sustainability challenges needed to be overcome. The Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA), the MSI and Agenda 21 provide the overarching framework and template for achieving environmental sustainability.
Paragraphs: 58 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
In respect of marine and coastal resources, Barbados has embraced the concept of island systems management, recognizing that the entire island is a coastal zone. In this context, integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) has been the framework implemented with great success for more than 25 years. Additionally, given that many climate change impacts being experienced by Barbados and other Caribbean SIDS are within or near the land/water interface, Government has further sought to ensure that internationally recognized tools for climate change adaptation are well integrated into its mature ICZM
program. Emerging issues which Barbados is currently addressing relate to increased incidences of coastal hazards, both as a result of climate change, and increased seismic activity across the globe. Consequently, resources and expertise will be brought to bear on these hazards, further enhancing both social and economic resilience.
Paragraphs: 65 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Pollution Management
The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has executed a number of projects and initiatives over the last two years which covered policy development, monitoring and evaluation. The activities ranged from the revision of the ambient air quality policy to the review of the Standard Operating Procedures for the Department. From amending the national oil spill contingency plan development of guidelines on fuel and waste oil handling, storage and disposal practices. The department also liaises with other government departments regarding the management of solid waste.
Paragraphs: 63 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Parks, Protected Areas and Green Spaces
Through the work of the Natural Heritage Department, Barbados is in the process of establishment of the National Park and a system of protected areas for the island. This will safeguard the biodiversity of the area including terrestrial ecosystems, habitats and species, create and support opportunities for sustainable local economic development through rural tourism and promote recreation and tourism within the Park which respects its special environmental qualities and where possible provides social and
economic benefits for local communities.
Paragraphs: 64 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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