Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) Dr. Leo Brewster encourages all Barbadians to read the draft updated Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Plan. The Plan takes the form of two volumes: the Barbados Policy Framework and the Barbados ICZM Plan.
Barbados’ coastline is vital to the lives of all Barbadians. Not just now but for our future. It provides us with food as well as places to relax, live, and play. It also enhances the island’s economic development through tourism, fishing, and recreational business-related activities.
Our coastline, however, is becoming more vulnerable because of the impact of climate change. If we do little or nothing to combat this it will be more negatively impacted by coastal flooding, erosion, cliff collapse and more.
The CZMU has recently concluded the scientific, technical and internal review process for the updating of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan for Barbados. We are now seeking the public's feedback on the draft ICZM Plan through several consultative activities, which will inform and amend the Plan prior to its finalization and establishment by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy.
PROJECT TO IMPROVE BARBADOS’ COASTLINES BEGINS
A new project aimed at improving the management of Barbados’ coastlines for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors is now underway.
Updating the ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) Plan, Legislation and Regulations to Embrace Climate and Disaster Resilience, aims to update the plans, legislation and regulations related to the management and protection of Barbados’ coastal zone.