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ON THE RIGHT: Physical development not by chance


ON THE RIGHT: Physical development not by chance

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THE FIRST Physical Development Plan (PDP) for Barbados was published in 1970 and came fully into operation in 1976. Since that time, Barbados has experienced many important changes in the pattern of economic, demographic and physical development, making it necessary at key intervals to carry out an island-wide review of settlement patterns and update the PDP.

Today, Barbados remains one of the few nations in the Caribbean region to have a current national physical development plan.

The amendment to the PDP, 2003, is a critical opportunity to respond to the key opportunities and concerns that have emerged over the past decade and a half and to strengthen this policy and investment framework to ensure Barbados is resilient, prosperous island with sustainable and healthy communities.

The main purposes of the PDP are to: Foster the economic, environmental, physical and social well-being of the residents of Barbados; address the critical impacts of climate change on Barbados as a small island developing state through policies and strategies that enable the people of Barbados to thrive and remain resilient under changing climatic conditions; establish a vision to guide the future form of development with respect to land use, settlement patterns, food production, infrastructure, mobility and environmental management; guide the future form of development on the island and inform the public, business and government sectors as to the nature, scope and location of both development and protection areas for core assets; and provide a clear and accessible framework for private and public investment in the physical environment.

The PDP seeks to achieve a vision for Barbados over the next ten years as: a nation of healthy, safe, distinct and age and gender-responsive communities sharing a common economic base and community aspiration; a nation in which resilient, sustainable economic and physical growth are balanced with conservation and restoration of irreplaceable resources, rural working landscapes, cultural heritage and natural heritage; a nation which fosters a green economy focused on strategies to enhance resource efficiency and economic growth, in particular in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, housing, transportation, renewable energy and tourism; a nation characterised by increasing social equity enabling meaningful participation in social and economic activities for all; and a nation which is resilient and prepared for the impacts of climate change.

The following principles underlie the policies of this plan: The efficient use of land, resources and finances of the nation; the adoption of adaptive planning approaches in all aspects of national and sectoral planning for the consideration of climate variability and climate change impacts; the promotion of social equity, health and safety for all residents; the conservation, protection and restoration of irreplaceable core assets and man-made resources; the development of safe, vibrant places for people to live, work and play; and the management of growth so that it occurs in a safe, logical and orderly fashion ensuring protection of core assets, reduction of environmental risks and ecological scarcities, promotion of sustainable development and efficiency in delivery of infrastructure.

The amendment of the PDP is an opportunity to set in place transformational and foundational change to patterns of growth and mobility and provision of infrastructure.

It is an opportunity to support Barbados’ transformation to a green economy and to plan sustainably for the needs of future generations of Barbadians.