Barbados coastal erosion (Photo by Andrew John Chadwick University of Plymouth | UoP · School of Marine Science and Engineering PhD)

Carib - Climate risk assessment of Barbados south and west coastal urban corridor finds significant ecological and financial risk

A brand new evaluation finds Barbados’ south and west coastal city hall susceptible to excessive warmth occasions and coastal erosion and identifies investments and suggestions wanted to guard coastal communities.

By the Division of Surroundings and Nationwide Beautification’s Barbados Blue Economic system Division, the Stimson Heart’s Environmental Safety Program and the Commonwealth Blue Constitution program, the Commonwealth Secretariat in the present day introduced the completion of a speedy evaluation of local weather and ocean dangers and choices for addressing them. Within the south and west coastal city hall of Barbados.

Three associate organizations collected information on the extent of local weather and ocean dangers and surveyed dozens of native consultants to determine precedence local weather actions and steps the nation ought to absorb 2022 and past. (This undertaking began below the Barbados Ministry of Maritime and Blue Economic system.)

The CORVI Fast Evaluation in Barbados recognized important ecological and monetary dangers reflecting the city hall’s dependence on coastal and marine actions which might be more and more threatened by local weather change. The evaluation was carried out for six months and consists of 30 threat indicators.

The report made three precedence suggestions:

  • Construct resilience in marine ecosystems that may scale back the vulnerability of coasts to excessive climate occasions and supply fish habitat via conservation and restoration.
  • Diversify the Barbados financial system to cut back reliance on solar, sea and sand tourism via focused help for manufacturing, agriculture, renewable power and extra numerous types of tourism.
  • Develop marine heatwave response measures as there’s a very excessive threat to the work space.

Beneath are the total particulars of every advice. Or learn the report.

Supply of suggestions

These suggestions derive from Barbados’ high threat indicator scores – Variety of Excessive Warmth Occasions (8.29), Shoreline Growth Stage (7.90), and Coastal Erosion Fee (7.33) – these make up a big portion of town’s financial and infrastructure property. The harbor is changing into more and more susceptible to flooding resulting from coastal and floodplains, together with hospitals, resorts, coastal highways, desalination crops, and important utility (electrical energy, well being, public security) infrastructures, whereas heatwaves make each land and sea results. Two different high-risk monetary indicators relate to tourism and the native maritime sector, that are most threatened by the identical dangers.

Ministry of Surroundings and Nationwide Beautification Blue Economic system Division Coastal Areas Administration Unit Director Dr. Leo Brewster mentioned:

“It is by no means been a secret that Barbados is threatened by local weather change – one thing we have been coping with firsthand for years within the type of rising sea ranges, coastal erosion and intense storms. We take care of these points on the native stage to make sure we make the absolute best selections, and we make investments rigorously and effectively in responding to deal with these local weather threats. It additionally offers alternatives for strategic stakeholders to current data in an easy-to-understand format and for improved public schooling and consciousness.”

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