Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan
What is the Integrated Coastal Management Planning and Why is it Important?
The coastline of Barbados is central to the lives of all Barbadians. It features an environment of tremendous intrinsic and extrinsic value in terms of its natural and human assets and is under pressure because of the demands on these resources. Management of this environment is a complex task, requiring the involvement of many organizations and individuals, requiring action at the local, national, and even regional and global scales.
In Barbados, like many other parts of the world, the idea of “integrated coastal management” (ICM) is considered be the way forward. This process goes beyond the traditional approach to planning and management activities on an individual basis. Instead the aim is to focus on the synergistic effects of all coastal activities to seek a desirable outcomes. Sustainable use, with environmental considerations underlying decision making in all sectors of activity, provides the basis for this type of management. It is geared towards holistically dealing with the coastal environment – coastal land, the foreshore, and inshore – and being forward looking, as well as trying to resolve problems associated with current coastal use.
It is within this context that the Government of Barbados, facilitated by the Coastal Zone Management Unit, developed an Integrated Coastal Mangement Plan (ICMP) for the island as part of the Feasibility and Pre-Investment Coastal Conservation Study and Coastal Conservation Programme projects.
- Volume 1 – Integrated Coastal Management – the Barbados Policy Framework: This volume describes the policy framework in which management of the coastal environment will take place. It has been prepared to inform public and private organizations, agencies, and individuals of the requirements, responsibilities and opportunities for ICM in Barbados.
- Volume 2 – Integrated Coastal Management Plan for the Caribbean coasts of Barbados: This volume provides detailed guidance for the management of coastal uses, development and regulation along the Caribbean (south and west) coasts of Barbados.
- Volume 3 – Integrated Coastal Management Plan for the Atlantic coasts of Barbados: This volume provides detailed guidance for the management of coastal uses, development and regulation along the Atlantic (north-west, east and south-east) coasts of Barbados.
The CZMA extends along the entire coastline of Barbados, and allows the CZMU to influence the many of the main activities and uses which affect the coastal environment. The jurisdiction defined by the CZMA works in tandem with other island wide policies and programmes such as the Physical Development Plan (PDP) and by necessity will be linked with any future ocean governance policies developed for Barbados' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The boundaries of the CZMA have been defined as follows:
- Landward (Caribbean Coast): The first coastal through road which has traditionally been used as the boundary when considering coastal development applications, or the limit of the predicted 100 year storm surge flooding, whichever is further inland.
- Landward (Atlantic Coast): A combination of geophysical, ecological and biodiversity-related considerations define the landward boundary for this section of the coastline, such as landslide suceptibility, coastal habitat types and the presence of native and endemic species.
- Seaward: The 100 meter isobath (water depth contour) or 200 meters seaward of the outer edge of the bank reef, whichever is further seaward. This includes the critical sand reserves and the reef environment which produce them, as well as the coastal waters which are directly influenced by terrestrial discharge.