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Barbados National Park

The purpose of the Barbados National Park Plan is to establish policies to guide future land use and development within the National Park.

The National Park Plan which is based on the goals, objectives and analysis set out in a number of background reports, aims to:
• To conserve and enhance the character and quality of the landscape and marine resources in the Park, including all features of natural and cultural heritige.
• To define and protect a functionally connected natural heritage system based on an ecosystem approach.
• To foster an awareness of the value of the National Park to the daily lives of residents of Barbados.
• To ensure that the use and management of the land and marine resources in the Park is of a sustainable nature and is supportive of the social and economic development of local communities.
• To establish a strong presumption against activities which conflict with or are detrimental to the landscape, seascape and environmental qualities that led to National Park designation.
• To provide opportunities for passive recreation and to promote an understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the park.

Objectives

a) To conserve and enhance:
• the biodiversity of the area including terrestrial and marine ecosystem, habitats and species;
• landforms, geomorphological features and reefs systems
• the qualities of wilderness and solitude
• the traditional patterns of resources use and management
• sites, features and buildings of architectural, historical and archaeolgical significance
• the village settlement pattern
• water resources

b) to protect the distinctive character and appearance of each of the Park's five terrestrial landscape zones;

c) to improve understanding of the role and purpose of the National Park to the population at large;

d) to create and support oppurtunities for sustainable local economic development through:
• rural tourism
• craft industries
• environmentally sensitive farming and fishing activities
• conservation projects including reforestation
• amenity and community upgrading projects
• touring and guiding opportunities

e) to focus future residential development in the villages of Belleplaine, Bathsheba and Boscobelle so as to conserve the rural character of the landscape, while enhancing the amenity and economic health of the villages;

f) to regulate and control the siting and design of residential development and to define limitations to the extent of random settlement;

g) to redifine limitations on mineral extraction, specifically to those locations where there are no alternative sources of supply and the use of the resources is in the national interest;

h) to require restoration of miniral extraction sites at the earliest possible date and to the highest possible standards;

i) to develop an ecosystem approach to decision making in the area that encompasses the terrestrial and marine environment;

j) to designate the Park's most important natural features in the ' Natural Heritage Conservation Area' designation in order to secure their protection;

k) to promote recreational and toursm use within the Park which respects its special environmental qualities and, where possible, provides social and economic benefits for local communities;

l) to prepare and make available information about the Park in order to improve understanding and awareness of recreational opportunities , increase awareness of its special qualities, and engender support for the continued protection of the area.