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ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE BAHAMAS

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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

The Technical Assistance Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinates all technical assistance and training programmes offered by International and Regional Organisations. Financial assistance is processed through the Ministry of Finance.

Decision-Making:  Legislation and Regulations

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement

No information is available.

Programmes and Projects

Assistance includes seminars and technical meetings, documentation and technical information, support for human resource development and the strengthening of national institutions. It also includes short-term and long-term consultancies for policy formulation, drafting of legislation and transfer of expertise and technology and improvements in administration and management capabilities. There are also programmes for small business development.

Status

The Bahamas receives financial assistance from the European Union, the World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Technical assistance is also provided by these organizations, as well as from UNEP, UNCTAD,UNESCO, ILO, IMO, ICAO, WMO, ITU and UPU; the OAS, PAHO and CFTC; and regional organisations such as CARICOM, U.W.I. Centre for Environment and Development (UWICED), the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the Commonwealth Caribbean Medical Research Council.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

No information is available

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of The Bahamas to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last update: 1 April 1997.

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TRADE

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of The Bahamas to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last update: 1 April 1997.

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CHANGING CONSUMPTION PATTERNS

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

The Central Government is responsible for most policy initiatives.

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans

The Bahamas has not held a policy discussion on consumption at the national level, but emphasis is placed on the reduction of waste and increasing energy efficiency in the transport sector.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement

No information is available.

Programmes and Projects

No information is available.

Status

No information is available.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-Raising

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

No information is available.

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

The Bahamas has not been involved in any bilateral or multilateral initiatives in the area of consumption patterns.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of The Bahamas to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last update: 1 April 1997.

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FINANCING

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

No information is available

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations

A number of new environmental laws have been introduced recently in The Bahamas:.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement

No information is available.

Programmes and Projects

While activities are woven into the budgets of many Departments and Ministries, it is impossible to give a specific amount of domestic resources made available for sustainable development. There is no separate budget for this.

Status

Since 1992, the Government of The Bahamas has received new additional grant funding for sustainable development as follows:

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

No information is available.

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of The Bahamas to the fifth and sixt sessions of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last update: 4 June 1998.

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TECHNOLOGY

TRANSFER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TECHNOLOGY

No information is available.

 

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BIOTECHNOLOGY

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

Responsible for biotechnology issues are the agencies involved in decision-making in the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission, especially the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations

The Bahamas proposes to draft legislation to ensure equitable returns for the exploitation of Bahamian biodiversity by foreign entities, to protect intellectual property rights, and to provide safeguards against the uncontrolled release of living modified organisms.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement

No information is available.

Programmes and Projects

No information is available.

Status

No information is available.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

The Bahamas is presently exploring the application of biotechnology to the protection and sustainable use of its reserve of biological resources. This includes the application of tissue culture to the possible exploitation of plants and marine organisms for pharmaceutical purposes.

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of The Bahamas to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last update: 1 April 1997.

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INDUSTRY

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

The Bahamas Council of Light Industries, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, the Bahamas Institute of Professional Engineers and the Grand Bahamas Port Authority are all advisory and ad-hoc members of the National Sustainable Development Coordination Mechanism. Oil companies, labour unions and others are not members of this coordination mechanism.

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations 

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans

There are governmental policies to reduce the impact of development through encouraging increased efficiency of resource use, including reuse, recycling, and reduction of waste per unit of economic output.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement

Major group organizations participate in environmental impact assessment projects at the national and local levels. The Government sent representatives from major groups to the SIDS Global Meeting in Barbados, in November 1994.

Most big enterprises and a few small and medium sized enterprises have adopted sustainable development policies.

Programmes and Projects

No information is available.

Status

The principal threats to human health or the sustainable use of natural resources associated with industrial activity are: Contamination of freshwater by agricultural chemicals, herbicides and pesticides. Industrial pollution is largely thermal pollution, discharge of oils, greases and small quantities of organic contaminants.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

No information is available.

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of The Bahamas to the fifth and sixth sessions of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last update: 4 June 1998.

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TRANSPORT

Decision-Making: Coordinating Bodies

The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission's Committee on Environmental Safety is vested with the responsibility of investigating the entire issue of emissions and making recommendations for national policy and legislation.

Decision-Making: Legislation and Regulations

No information is available.

Decision-Making: Strategies, Policies and Plans

High priority in the transport sector is given to the use of safe technologies. Since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, the Government has tried to expand and improve the performance and safety of the mass transportation system.

Decision-Making: Major Groups Involvement

No information is available.

Programmes and Projects

No information is available.

Status

No information is available.

Challenges

No information is available.

Capacity-building, Education, Training and Awareness-raising

No information is available.

Information

No information is available.

Research and Technologies

In the area of environment and transport, only some ad hoc observations of emissions have been carried out.

Financing

No information is available.

Cooperation

No information is available.

 

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This information was provided by the Government of The Bahamas to the fifth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Last update: 1 April 1997.

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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

No information is available.

 

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