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Barbados is a Caribbean island in the Northern Atlantic Ocean with a tropical climate and a rainy season that extends from June through October. Hurricanes can be a natural threat, though they are infrequent. Environmental issues facing the nation are polluted coastlines — from ship wastewater disposal — as well as soil erosion and illegal solid waste disposal.1 As Barbados is classified as a water scarce nation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNDP recently launched a joint initiative to prevent Barbados from experiencing the adverse effects of water scarcity. The project is reforming the nation’s wastewater treatment process to ensure safe reentry into the nation’s aquifers for use in irrigation, as well as improve water storage infrastructure to prevent contamination and the spread ...See More of disease.2 Barbados is party to international agreements on biodiversity, climate change, desertification, endangered species, hazardous wastes, law of the sea, marine dumping, ozone layer protection, ship pollution and wetlands.3 Show Less

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1 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bb.html
2 http://www.who.int/globalchange/projects/adaptation/en/index1.html
3 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bb.html
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Geography

Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
Area

Total 430 sq km
Land 430 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (June to October)
Natural Resources

petroleum, fish, natural gas ;
Natural Hazards

infrequent hurricanes; periodic landslides
Current Environmental Issues

pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers

Demographics

Nationality
Barbadian or Bajan (colloquial)
Population
288,725 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Barbados is the wealthiest and most developed country in the Eastern Caribbean and enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in Latin America. Historically, the Barbadian economy was dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities. However, in recent years the economy has diversified into light industry and tourism with about four-fifths of GDP and of exports being attributed to services. Offshore finance and information services are important foreign exchange earners and thrive from having the same time zone as eastern US financial centers and a relatively highly educated workforce. Barbados' tourism, financial services, and construction industries have been hard ...See More hit since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, which caused the economy to contract 4% in 2009 and grow below 1% annually since 2010. Barbados' public debt-to-GDP ratio rose from 56% in 2008 to 83% in 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$7.169 billion (2012 est.); $7.169 billion (2011 est.); $7.128 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

sugarcane, vegetables, cotton
Industries

tourism, sugar, light manufacturing, component assembly for export