Overview

Barbados is the most easterly island of the Antilles, bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, with a population of approximately 282,000 people (USDS, 2011). Its terrain is mostly flat but with a hilly interior. The island’s climate is tropical, with annual average temperatures of around 27°C (USDS, 2011). The country’s wet season lasts from June to November, while the dry season lasts from December to May (Wellington and Moore, 2001).

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    Key Vulnerabilities
    • Agriculture/Food Security
    • Coastal Zones and Marine Ecosystems
    • Water Resources
    • Fisheries
    • Disasters
    • Soils
    • Tourism
    • Biodiversity
    Potential Adaptation Measures

    Agriculture and Food Security

    • Switch to different cultivars
    • Improve and conserve soils
    • Enhance irrigation efficiency and/or expand irrigation
    • Agricultural research and transfer of technology
    • Develop new crops
    • Improve pest and disease forecast and control

    Water Resources

    • Increase water supply, e.g. by using groundwater, building reservoirs, improving or stabilizing watershed management, desalination
    • Decrease water demands, e.g. by increasing efficiency, reducing water losses, water recycling, changing irrigation practices
    • Improve or develop water management
    • Alter system operating rules, e.g. pricing policies, legislation

    Coastal Zones and Marine Ecosystems

    • Develop planning/new investment requirements
    • Protect, including building sea walls, and beach nourishment
    • Retreat

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