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Turtle Nesting & Invasions At Bath Beach
Bath Beach

“Barbados hosts the largest nesting population of Critically Endangered hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the insular Caribbean (Beggs et al 2007). Most hawksbills nest along the west and south coasts of Barbados, with one major nesting beach (1.12km) on a reef-protected section of the east coast, at Bath. 

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Young Barbadian appointed to first-ever Youth Seat of the Global Water Partnership’s Steering Committee

On November 10th, 2020 it was announced that 32-year-old Barbadian Jamilla Sealy was appointed to the first-ever youth seat of the Global Water Partnership’s (GWP) Steering Committee. This permanent independent youth seat was recently created by GWP in an effort to create avenues for young people to have a role in water governance and management.

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The Barbados Endemic Leaf-Toed Gecko “Phyllodactylus Pulcher”

Definition of an Endemic Species

Endemic species are plant and animal species that are found in a particular geographical region and nowhere else in the world. Some species are endemic to a continent while the others can be endemic to an island. In our case, did you know we have an Endemic species of Gecko scientifically called “Phyllodactylus Pulcher” or “The Barbados Leaf-Toed Gecko?  

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Webinar series on land-based jobs for young people and a call for content
WOCAT

Webinars on jobs

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in collaboration with Deutsche Welle is organizing a series of webinars designed to inspire people around the world to create youth-led jobs and entrepreneurship in the land sector. 

The 4-part series titled, Webinars on Land-based Jobs for the Youth will include 3 topical webinars organized in three regions Africa (November 2020), Latin America and Caribbean (February 2021), and Asia (April 2021). The concluding global webinar will be held on 12 August 2021 in celebration of International Youth Day. The purpose of the webinar series is to find and motivate young people to initiate and turn sound and durable land-use business ideas into profitable and sustainable enterprises. 

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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.