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- Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Bolivia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - El Salvador - Grenada - Guatemala - Guyana - Haiti - Honduras - Jamaica - Mexico - Nicaragua - Panama - Paraguay - Peru - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago - United States - Uruguay - Venezuela -
Date:  12/18/2015 
The Government of Barbados has established the institutional mechanism for the supervision of the emergency management system. The Emergency Management Advisory Council, chaired by the Minister of Home Affairs, recommends policies, programmes and activities to enhance the emergency management programme.
The Government of Barbados through its Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) is currently engaged in the Coastal Risk Assessment and Management Program (CRMP), which is aimed at building resilience to coastal hazards (including those associated with climate change) through enhanced conservation, and management of the coastal zone. The CRMP’s overall objective is to build capacity in integrated coastal risk management in Barbados, incorporating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in development planning, control and monitoring of the coastal zone.
In addition, the CZMU through the Technical Steering Committee on Coastal Hazards is engaged in the following:
- The development of an Early Warning System - contributing to the regional network of sea level and seismic detection;
- The investment in and development of public warning systems;
- The development of models for tsunami inundation and coastal flooding from other hazards.

Barbados has been hosting the Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre (CTIC) since its establishment in September 2013. Through the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/ Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the CTIC coordinates capacity building activities for the entire Caribbean region in developing and operating interoperable end-to-end tsunami warning and mitigation systems.
To date, Barbados as well as some of the other countries of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CaribeEWS) has benefitted from a number of programmatic activities of the institution. The regional grouping (ICG/CaribeEWS) continues to be a critical and important resource for all 48 countries and territories within the Caribbean and Atlantic basins. Barbados was the Chair of the organization until 2015.
The Technical Standing Committee on Coastal Hazards is continuing its work in ensuring the implementation of a National Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Programme which focuses on developing an End-to-End system which comprises hazard assessment, monitoring and detection, warning communication and dissemination as well as public awareness and education for the tsunami and other coastal hazards.
The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of the MED leads the implementation of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan which was approved by Cabinet in January 2013 along with the Dispersant Use Policy. The Plan establishes a national preparedness and response system for oil spills at sea and on land and aims to prevent, mitigate or minimize adverse environmental impacts of oil pollution. In addition to the plan, the National Oil Spill Response team has had several training sessions and Environmental Sensitivity Maps have been developed for the island. These activities have been achieved due to the strong partnership between government regulatory agencies and oil industry stakeholders.
The EPD has also developed a Cabinet-Approved Chemicals Emergency Response Plan. Under this initiative, 18 individuals from EPD, Ministry of Health and the Barbados Fire Service, have recently received training in Emergency Response, with two Fire Officers being trained to Instructor Level.
In relation to the International Health Regulations of 2005, the Government of Barbados has developed an Action Plan to ensure compliance with these regulations. The plan covers Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear health threats, and is led by the Ministry of Health with significant input from the EPD.
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Date:  12/18/2015 
The Climate Change Program of the MED, in collaboration with key stakeholders has initiated the process of enhancing national governance mechanisms in relation to access international climate finance by way of the following:
- The Adaptation Fund: Barbados has identified a Designated Authority in the person of the Permanent Secretary of the MED, whose role is to endorse accreditations and applications of national and regional implementing entities as well as proposals for adaptation projects in Barbados.
- The Green Climate Fund (GCF): A National Designated Authority (NDA) has been
established for Barbados. The Director of Finance Mr. Martin Cox is the NDA, while Dr. Louis Woodroffe, Permanent Secretary of Economic Affairs, is the Focal Point for this Fund. Under the GCF, Barbados has requested assistance in accessing and utilizing the fund in the following areas:
. The creation of a strategic framework for interaction with the fund; and
. The development of an initial pipeline of projects and programme proposals.

- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB): the CDB has developed a Disaster and Climate Change Programme and has allocated funds from the European Investment Bank, to provide low interest rate loans for Private Sector investment in Renewable Energy initiatives.
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Date:  6/21/2011 
Risk Mitigation and Early Warning Systems
Barbados has been at the forefront of the charge for a tsunamis and coastal hazards warning system for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions. In fact, Barbados is about to enter into a host agreement with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, to host the first ever Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre, servicing the four major languages of the region, as assisting countries in preparing their people who speak a variety of creoles and dialects. Government, through the Standing Committee on
Coastal Hazards, has been developing its own monitoring and detection systems, conducting hazard assessments, and building a national notification system for hazard alerts. As Barbados is the current Chair of the regional warning system's intergovernmental group, other countries have also been receiving assistance in the development of their own early warning capabilities.
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