Ministry of Environment and National Beautification
To be the lead agency in the preservation, conservation and protection of the country’s environment and to ensuring that environmental consideration is at the heart of Barbados’ Sustainable Development agenda.
“To formulate and implement environmental management programmes that:
- Facilitate the sustainable use of our natural resources;
- Complement the national, social and economic development agenda; and
- Include stakeholder input into decision making.”
The Ministry of Environment and National Beautification Core Values are:
- Science driven, evidence-based decision-making
- To provide and promote a national framework for decision making based on the principles of sustainable environmental management to underpin national sustainable development.
- To sensitize and educate all persons in Barbados about the importance of sound environmental management and the need to integrate environmental consideration in all aspects of their lives.
The importance of the role of the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification, within the context of the integrated planning and resource management, cannot be over-emphasized, as we continue to strive to make a positive contribution to preserve, conserve and enhance the growth of our society, economy and country as a whole, within the limitation of our existing human, financial, natural and legislative resources.
An integrated planning and resource management framework would allow the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification to mainstream all aspects of environmental concerns into the Barbados Sustainable Development Policy and Action Plan.
Fundamental environmental management areas must be, but not necessarily limited to:
- Climate Change & Sea Level Rise
- Green Economy – Consumption and Production
- Waste Management
- Land Resources Management
- Tourism Resources Management
- National Institutions & Administrative Capacity Building
- Human Resource Development Management
- Natural & Environmental Disasters Management
- Coastal & Marine Resources Management
- Energy Resources Management
- Biodiversity Resources Management
- Natural Heritage Management
- International and Regional Institutions & Technical Cooperation
- Science & Technology Development
- Implementation, Monitoring & Review of Legislation
Additionally, Barbados is signatory to several international and regional agreements and conventions. The below list is far from exhaustive, but shows the extent of our international and regional commitment to sustainable development and the integration of environmental management. We also actively participate in international initiatives to raise global environmental awareness.
- Provision of timely and cost effective administrative support for the delivery of services that fall within the sphere of the Ministry’s responsibilities and influence.
Green Economy and Sustainable Development
- To support national policy processes aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability principles which are at the centre of macroeconomic growth strategies
- To facilitate and enable localized community involvement in environmental stewardship and in adopting a sustainable lifestyle philosophy throughout Barbados
- To ensure Barbados’ school system remains a key agent in interpreting, promoting and pursuing sustainable development
- To support the ministry’s input into national governance (planning and review) processes and mechanisms
- To engage the multilateral system towards realizing national sustainable development goals
Climate Change, ODS Phase-out and GEF
- Establishing and coordinating a comprehensive framework for the development and implementation of policies, programmes and projects to systematically reduce Barbados’ green-house gas emissions profile and to build climate resilience into the economy, in keeping with the goals and objectives for sustainable development
- Developing and implementing measures for the eventual phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in compliance with national obligations and targets established under the Montreal Protocol to the Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer
- Promoting and facilitating the integration of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a financing mechanism for environmental projects of national and regional importance
Biodiversity Conservation and Management
- To undertake effective management of the biodiversity and land resources of Barbados, particularly in degraded areas; and
- To contribute to their conservation, effective management and increased awareness of the importance of local biodiversity and land resources and their contribution to local development
- To monitor, characterize and control ambient air quality.
- To improve construction standards for residential, commercial and industrial developments
- To identify and remove derelict structures and vehicles which are potential breeding sites for mosquitoes, rats and other disease vectors
- To develop and implement measures to meet Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEA) obligations
- To foster the awareness, knowledge, skills and attitudes within individuals needed to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development
- To provide technical expertise throughout the phases of the hazard management cycle
- To regulate and ensure the safe handling, storage, distribution, transport, use, disposal and overall management of hazardous materials
- To prevent, reduce, control and characterize pollution of the marine environment of Barbados
- To monitor, characterize and control noise
- To regulate the solid waste management system
- To monitor, characterize and protect the quality of Barbados’ water resources.
- To establish a nationwide system of parks and open spaces, which will promote landscape preservation, ensure the conservation of natural areas, meet the active and passive recreation needs of residents of Barbados and enhance amenities for residents and tourists alike
- To establish a Barbados National Park which will protect and conserve the natural and cultural assets of the area, while supporting the social and economic development of existing communities within the Park boundaries
- To conserve and enhance the character and quality of the landscape and marine resources in the Park, including all features of natural and cultural heritage
- To define and protect a functionally connected natural heritage system based on an ecosystem approach
- To foster an awareness of the value of the National Park to the daily lives of residents of Barbados
- To ensure that the use and management of the land and marine resources in the Park is of a sustainable nature and is supportive of the social and economic development of local communities
- To establish a strong presumption against activities which conflict with or are detrimental to the landscape, seascape and environmental qualities that led to National Park designation
- To provide opportunities for passive recreation and to promote an understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park
Project Management and Coordination
- The Integrated Water Resource Management Programme for Climate Change and Stormwater Management
- The Integrated Solid Waste Management Programme
- Biodiversity Management – Graeme Hall Swamp Monitoring Programme
National Botanical Garden
- To establish a Botanical Garden in Barbados to conserve, preserve, protect and demonstrate the importance of the protection of flora, fauna, habitat and ecosystems for residents and visitors to Barbados
- Conservation of the natural beauty, topographic features, historic buildings, sites and monuments of Barbados.
- Control, maintain and develop public parks, public gardens, and beaches of Barbados.
- Develop and maintain public accesses to the beaches/windows to the sea.
- Provision of a Lifeguard Service at such beaches as it sees fit.
- Provision of beach facilities as the need arise and to maintain existing ones.
- Development of a network of protected areas, both marine and terrestrial.
- Engendering environmental stewardship in Barbados.
- To achieve sustainability throughout the Authority’s integrated solid waste management programme
- To maintain the Authority’s fleet of refuse collection vehicles and equipment, while promoting the safety of driver operators, loaders and the protection of the public
- Conduct regular pre-trip inspections in order to identify vehicle and equipment problems and ensure that vehicles are in good operating condition
- Conduct basic Preventive Maintenance service routines in a timely manner to identify vehicle problems and keep vehicle systems in good repair
- Maintain a clean appearance for vehicles through regular interior and exterior cleaning
- Regularly inspect vehicles in order to identify and correct problems to prevent service interruptions
- Schedule repairs promptly in order to minimize service interruptions
- Maintain and repair vehicles to ensure their operation at peak efficiency, including fuel efficiency
- Analyse fleet fuel usage and overhaul data and identify vehicles which may need remedial work or may need to be made inactive
- Maintain vehicles and equipment to maximize the useful vehicle life, including the life of key components such as tires, brakes, batteries, etc.
- Manage the maintenance program to be cost effective in terms of the utilisation of staff time, sourcing service providers, parts, supplies and requisite costs
- Promote the development of green and open spaces throughout the island.
- To provide frequent, reliable, scheduled garbage collection services for households and businesses
- To contribute to national beautification through the maintenance of our beaches, parks and open spaces
- To develop the National Botanical Garden at Waterford as a safe habitat for biodiversity, a place of beauty, art, culture, recreation and low-impact entertainment
- Make beaches, gullies and public spaces more welcoming and safe by beautifying and utilizing them as part of the island’s national culture, heritage and community assets