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Ibrahim Thiaw Desertification Day Message: Your Choice Matters

Contributed by the UNCCD Secretariat

Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
(Credit: UN Environment)

This year, living under the shadow of COVID-19, choices seem to have vanished for many of us. 

We can’t choose where we go, how we work or how we celebrate with our friends and families.

We should be celebrating the just-ended Decade on Desertification for example. 

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International Day for Biological Diversity 2020
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Minister’s Statement on Video of Monkey Abuse
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Biosafety Cleaning House (BCH) Workshop

The Cartagena Protocol is an international treaty that has established a framework for the regulation of the movement of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) from country to country. This protocol entered into force on the 11th of September 2003 and Barbados has been a party from its inception. The Biosafety Cleaning House (BCH) was a mechanism setup under the Cartagena Protocol in which information on GMOs can be compiled and made accessible to various parties seeking to import and export GMOs.

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Biosafety Sensitization Workshop

The Ministry of Environment hosted a National “Sensitisation Workshop on Biosafety”. Barbados has been a Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety since September 2003 and is committed to raising public awareness on issues involving the release of LMO’s (Living Modified Organisms). These issues include the potential impacts on human health and the environment as well as establishing practical rules and procedures for regulating the movement of LMOs.

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Biosafety Clearing House Workshop

Under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) was designed as a global mechanism for the exchange of information pertaining to the movement and trade of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The primary goal of the BCH is to assist parties in complying with their obligations under the Cartagena Protocol.  This is achieved through the systematic sharing of technical, scientific, legal and administrative information.

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50th Anniversary of Independence


After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. In June 1966 at Lancaster House in London, the Barbados Constitutional Conference was convened and all parties were unanimous in wishing Barbados to attain its independence and formally join the Commonwealth of Nations. At the stroke of midnight on 29 November 1966, Barbados became an independent, sovereign state and The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow became our first Prime Minister.

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Ecosystem Management Tours

On February 10, 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, under the direction of the Minister, Dr. Hon. Dennis Lowe coordinate a tour of ecosystems which were especially classified as sites of special interest or of particular important for the purpose of conservation and management.  These tours were conducted as part of efforts to fully assess the condition of these ecosystems in light of historical and recent anthropogenric activities, with the purpose of document the challenges faced by agencies in charge of their conservation and restoration and to detail plans going forward for their continued conservation, management and special circumstances, restoration.
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Climate Change Tours

On February 8, 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, under the direction of the Minister, Dr. Hon. Dennis Lowe coordinate a tour of coastal sites which were especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change.  The tours were conducted as part of efforts to fully assess the condition of these coastal sites, document the challenges faced by agencies in charge of their conservation and restoration and to detail plans going forward for their continued conservation, management and restoration.

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Minister’s Message for World Wetlands Day

The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty adopted on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar, the Convention entered into force in 1975 and covers all aspects of wetland conservation and wise use recognising wetlands as ecosystems that are extremely important for biodiversity conservation in general and for the well-being of human communities.

Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. They occur where the water table is at or near the surface of the land, or where the land is covered by shallow water. The Ramsar Convention takes a broad approach in determining the wetlands which come under its aegis. Under the text of the Convention (Article 1.1), wetlands are defined as: “areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres”. In addition, the Convention (Article 2.1) provides that wetlands: may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands”. (more…)