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Category: Environment

Maritime Affairs Minister talks climate change with New Zealand

New Zealand High Commissioner to Barbados, Anton Ojala, met recently with Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, following Minister Humphrey’s visit to New Zealand for talks on climate change, oceans and blue economy issues. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Esworth Reid, accompanied Minister Humphrey. During the […]

Fogging schedule September 9 – 13

The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness will resume its weekly fogging programme on Monday, September 9, in St George. Areas scheduled to be sprayed on that date are Charles Rowe Bridge, Lower Estate, Lower Estate Tenantry, Price Road, Parish Land, Airy Hill with Avenues, Flat Rock Development and environs. On […]

Stop illegal dumping of garbage at beaches: NCC

The National Conservation Commission (NCC) is urging the public to refrain from dumping garbage on the island’s beaches. NCC’s General Manager, Ryan Als stated: “Illegal dumping of garbage at our beaches across the island, especially on the southern coast has become a challenge, not only for the commission, but for the environment as it becomes […]

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic

Barbados to announce ‘heat wave’ response

In approximately two days, Barbados will have a plan to address the impending danger of life-threatening heat waves, currently facing the region, promised Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel, Jeffrey Bostic. He made the commitment on the heels of a report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) which warned that people living in […]

Kirk Humphrey

Grave concern over pollution, dwindling coral reef

Barbados stands to suffer severe consequences if there is no improvement soon in the declining coral reef stock in the region. In addition, local authorities have expressed grave concern about overfishing, littering and indiscriminate dumping, which they say could cause further damage to an already fragile ecosystem. The issue of protecting the underwater ecosystem and […]

Children learn the benefits of the Blue Economy

Education and promotion of the island’s blue economy from an early age will be the driving force towards advancing environmental tourism, says a top local tourism official. CEO of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Senator Rudy Grant,  was speaking at the launch of the Barbados Divefest Kids Awareness Programme today, where he pointed […]

Community group launches ‘Bins Fuh Bim’ project

Eco Rebel Barbados is changing views on waste disposal one trash bin at a time. The community group, started by Dominique Tudor, gathered at Long Beach, Christ Church on Saturday to stage their inaugural project “Bins Fuh Bim”, where adults and children painted garbage bins that would be placed throughout the constituencies of Christ Church […]

June is environment month

The Ministry of Environment and National Beautification will celebrate, as it has over the past 10 years, Environment Month in June. The public is encouraged to come and participate in the activities scheduled for the month, which are being planned in collaboration with the Ministry, its departments, and stakeholders under the theme: Living Sustainably Is…Thinking Circular,… […]

Barbados participating in Expo 2019 in Beijing

Barbados is participating in the Beijing International Horticultural Expo 2019, one of the world’s largest horticultural exhibitions, which showcases a huge collection of plants, flowers and ideas for green development. Barbados will have a booth in the Caribbean Community pavilion, an area which aims to raise the profile of the region in China. During the […]

Taxi operators getting short end of the stick – Bayley

President of the Bridgetown Port Taxi Co-Op Society Ltd Adrian Bayley says taxi operators at the island’s sole seaport are getting the short end of the stick. Speaking with members of the media at the association’s beach clean-up at Holetown Beach on Saturday, Bayley said taxi operators were receiving 20 per cent of the business […]

Sandals Foundation helps with clean-up of Christ Church Girls School

Sandals Foundation assisted with the clean-up of Christ Church Girls School this morning. The team arrived at the school at 7 a.m. armed with cutlasses, rakes, gloves, a skip and weed whackers. They were joined by members of the Christ Church Girls School Parent Teachers Association and Paradise Junior Footballers. Public Relations Officer with Sandals […]

Kirk Humphrey

Changes to plastic ban announced

The pleas of vendors and retailers for an extension to the deadline for the ban of single use petro-based plastics in Barbados have been answered. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, on Thursday night announced that vendors and retailers will now have until July 1, to use their existing stock, while the ban […]

South coast sewage mend

The south coast sewage crisis is on the mend, according to Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams. Abrahams gave an update on the South Coast Sewage Project during a press conference at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) headquarters this morning. He said the southern belt was “better than pre-crisis levels” with the disposal […]

Evacuations ordered over second Brazil dam risk

Authorities have ordered thousands to evacuate from a dam at risk of giving way in south-eastern Brazil, just days after a nearby dam collapsed. At least 37 have been killed and more than 250 others are feared dead in Friday’s disaster at an iron ore mine near the town of Brumadinho. Rescue operations have been […]

CARIBBEAN – CRFM to initiate study on Sargassum seaweed

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has initiated a regional fact-finding study to document the record-breaking influx of Sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean Sea in 2018, and the impacts this phenomenon has been having on countries in the region since 2011. The fact-finding survey is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), that has […]

Value Barbados’ Coastlines, says CZMU Director

The value of Barbados’ coastal and marine resources and their potential for investment must be taken into consideration going forward. Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU), Dr. Leo Brewster, stated this on Friday, during a Cost Recovery Mechanisms workshop, under the theme Transitioning to a Blue Economy through Sustainable Financing at Hilton Barbados. […]

Controversial tipping fee abolished

The state-owned Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) has abolished the controversial tipping fee. The SSA said in a statement today that the fee, which had been imposed on waste disposal at the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre (SBRC) in May 2015, will be removed effective, Monday, December 3. The fee saw waste haulers or the average Barbadian having […]