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Report: “Nature – Humanity at a Crossroads, UN Warns”

Contributed by the Convention on Biological Diversity

– UN ’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report outlines eight major transitions needed to slow, then halt nature’s accelerating decline.

– Final report card on Aichi Biodiversity Targets, set in 2010: 6 of world’s 20 goals “partially achieved” by 2020 deadline.

– Towards a landmark new global post 2020 biodiversity framework: GBO 5 synthesizes scientific basis for urgent action.

– Bright spots include: extinctions prevented by conservation, more land and oceans protected, fish stocks bounce back in well managed fisheries.

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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer September 16, 2020 “Ozone for Life: 35 Years of Ozone Layer Protection”

Contributed by the National Ozone Unit.

Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Adrian Forde. (FP)
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FSSS Coral Reef Wall Mural Project

The Frederick Smith Secondary School’s Environmental Club’s Coral Reef Diorama Project

The Biodiversity and Conservation and Management Section of the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification continues to support our community in environmental efforts and supported the Fredrick Smith Secondary School’s Environmental Club as they embarked on a project which focused on promoting recycling.

The Frederick Smith Secondary School (FSSS) Environmental Club has been in operation as an extra-curricular activity since 2008. Meetings are held every Tuesday with a current total membership of 31 student and two teachers. The Environmental Club is geared towards the promotion of environmental education and the protection of our natural environment in a more hands-on and fun-filled way.

The FSSS Environmental Club has embarked on several projects mainly focused on promoting the 3 R’s concept of waste management; reduce, re-use and recycle with an added thrust in the area of upcycling.

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Minister’s Message for World Refrigeration Day 2020

A Message from The Honourable Trevor A. Prescod, J.P., M.P.

Minister

Ministry of Environment and National Beautification

WORLD REFRIGERATION DAY

June 26, 2020

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Unveiling the All-New “Biodiversity Barbados”

History

“Biodiversity Barbados” had its humble beginnings as the Sustainable Land Management site in 2013.  Developed as an output of the UNDP-GEF Sustainable Land Management Medium-sized Project (SLM-MSP), the website was originally designed solely to house information related to Barbados’ efforts to attenuate land degradation through reforestation projects, institutional strengthening and spatial planning.

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National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and The Biodiversity Policy Workshop

Senior Environmental Officer Ms. Kim Downes Agard commenced the workshop by welcoming the the attendees of the workshop, She specially welcomed the Honorable Minister Trevor A. Prescod, J.P., M.P. and the Permanent Secretary Daphne Kellman of the Ministry of environment and National Beautification. She noted that the consultants would present the revised NBSAP and the Biodiversity Management policy.

The Honourable Trevor Prescod, Minister of Environment and National Beautification, gave brief remarks. The Minister highlighted that Barbados is a rich hotspot of biodiversity with high levels of native animals and plants, which makes their conservation one of our government’s highest priorities. He stated that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided funds for the Ministry to undertake the process of revising its NBSAP, updating the core policy decisions taken in 2002 to the context in which we currently live, and aligning them with Barbados’ current fiscal and policy environment. Following the Minister’s address, Ms. Kim Downes Agard thanked the Minister for his words which set the tone for the workshop.

Conservation of the Barbados Leaf-toed Gecko

The endemic Leaf-toed gecko (Phyllodactylus pulcher) was rediscovered in 2011 after several decades of being assumed extinct. The leaf-toed gecko was assessed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN in 2017. Subsequent studies have indicated low densities in small areas of limestone cliff habitat on the north and south east coasts of Barbados.

Invasive predatory species have been observed to overlap in range with the gecko. Of most concern are rats and mongooses, although cats and centipedes are also responsible for mortality. In addition, the invasive Hemidactylus mabouia house gecko, may be a competitor and is found in built habitat adjacent to habitat of the endemic gecko.

The primary objective of this project is to address the specific challenge posed by invasive mammalian and other predators to the leaf-toed gecko. The gecko will be protected through predator removal and exclusion fencing. The enclosure site may be used to display what is one of Barbados’ only endemic vertebrate species within a confined but natural setting, for educational, research and possibly ecotourism purposes.

Best Practices in Green Monkey Deterrence: A Manual for Farmers in Barbados
Credit: Kevin Best (2020)

Background

The issue of the introduced green monkey in Barbados is a frequent topic of discussion nationally.  While the green monkey population must be controlled to ensure that Barbados has a thriving agricultural sector, the monkey is also an interesting component of Barbados’ rather depleted biodiversity and is a tourist attraction. The species is also listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020

Today, Barbados joins with the rest of the world in celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought—or Desertification and Drought Day for short—under the theme “Food. Feed. Fibre“.

The aim is to encourage changes in consumption and production patterns in order to make adequate land available for other uses, to meet the high demand. These changes may include, but are not limited to, reducing food waste, buying produce from local markets and farmers and wearing clothes for a longer period of time or buying or swapping used clothes.

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UNCCD Press Release: Desertification and Drought Day 2020

Contributed by the UNCCD Secretariat

The cost and consequences of the land transformation grossly underestimated says the UN

The cost and consequences of land use change are underestimated as demonstrated by COVID-19. Investing in the over 400 million hectares of land earmarked for restoration will help to build back better and safeguard our relationship with nature.

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