Barbados

Joined PAGE in 2016

Barbados is one of the most prosperous states in the CaribbeanWith a diversified, serviced-based economy buttressed by the tourism and international business sectors, the country has successfully employed a blend of good governance, social and economic policies to the betterment of its citizens. However, the negative effects of recent global financial and economic crises, together with a dependency on imported fossil fuels, have placed pressure on the country's economy, society and environment. Limited access to natural resources, coupled with its high vulnerability to climate change as a small island developing state (SIDS), underlines the importance of building a resilient economy and achieving an integrated ecological, economic and social wellbeing.  

Recognizing these challenges, the Government of Barbados has made strong policy and commitments to sustainable development through social compacts with the private sector and trade unions, strategic frameworks, such as theNational Sustainable Development Policy, and National Strategic Plan (2006-2025) (NSP). To support implementation of the NSP and of other green economy objectives, Barbados joined PAGE in 2016. Despite delays that have occurred since the inception phase in 2018, the PAGE programme in Barbados is now proceeding as planned, with focus on thematic areas such as green and blue jobs, youth engagement, green industry, and strengthening individual and institutional capacity for IGE. 

This work has contributed to several Sustainable Development Goals, including:

Looking forward

Going forward, PAGE Barbados’ work plan will include  

  • reviewing the existing national green economy policies 

  • identifying skills gaps and developing knowledge tools to build skills for green jobs 

  • supporting the establishment of a SIDS-SIDS green economy regional knowledge transfer hub 

  • undertaking Learning Needs Assessments and developing green and blue economy-centered academic curricula.   

As part of the green recovery efforts from COVID-19, PAGE is carrying out a scoping activity for boosting trade in environmental goods and services. Additionally, within its green recovery activities PAGE will focus on boosting the circular economy and promoting green consumption and production practices as a key way forward, through the development of policy and provision of support to MSMEs among other mechanisms. 

Learn more about PAGE work in Barbados in our 2020 Annual Report

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Key thematic & sectoral areas

  • Institutional support for green & blue economy transition 

  • Sustainable entrepreneurship 

  • Blue economy finance for SIDS 

  • Green industrial policy 

  • Environmental goods & services assessment strategy 

Capacity building

  • Training for green business development 

  • Training for green and blue jobs 

  • Collaboration with the University of the West Indies on IGE 

Barbados & PAGE by numbers

Policies supported: 1

National institutions & ministries partnering: 8 

Initiatives providing co-financing: 1

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NATIONAL POLICYMAKING

NATIONAL POLICYMAKING

Going forward, PAGE will provide support to national policymaking with a focus on environmental goods and services:

Reaffirming a Green Economy Pathway

PAGE re-engaged with Barbados in September 2019 through the Minister of Environment and National Beautification (MENB). While programme activities aimed to launch in 2020, the COVID-19 impact on Barbados led to delays and a need for adaptation to support new priorities. The planned stocktaking on green and blue economy was replaced by an assessment, scoping options and developing recommendations for boosting trade in environmental goods and services (EGS). In September 2020, PAGE collaborated with the country’s Technical Focal Point for PAGE to provide input to MENB’s contribution and submission to the Governor-General Throne Speech. This policy statement marked an important moment, particularly in the context of 2020, reconfirming Barbados’ green economy aspirations.

SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORM

SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORM

PAGE work in Barbados has helped to strengthen national objectives towards green economy and build synergies with related programmes, as highlighted below. Going forward, PAGE’s support to sectoral and thematic reform will focus on green and blue jobs, youth engagement and green industry.

Circular economy

PAGE contributed to the annual Prime Minister’s message for World Environment Day in June 2020, which presented a circular economy as the basis for a green economy transition. The statement included PAGE’s contribution to a Green and Blue Jobs Assessment for Barbados, and the potential for green jobs development via waste management initiatives and ecosystems restoration. The Minister’s message was published in two national newspapers both online and in print, reaching more than 300,000 readers. PAGE also secured a new partnership with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in 2020 and plans to develop a Green Awards programme are in progress with the MENB.

Collaborating for Green Finance

PAGE contributed to the successful development of the Joint Programme proposal Harnessing Blue Economy Finance for SIDS Recovery and Sustainable Development, which supports the sustainable development of offshore fisheries resources, a priority requested by the Prime Minister of Barbados during the 2018 PAGE High-Level Mission. The programme, developed jointly by UNDP, UNEP and FAO, will support the governments of Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in the development of financing strategies for a Blue Economy and in creating an enabling framework for investments in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using Blue Economy as an integral driver for resilient economic recovery and growth in the Eastern Caribbean, the programme emphasizes measures such as identifying policy and regulation gaps; methodology to identify opportunities; and defining a specific financing mechanism for Blue Economy initiatives to achieve resilient growth. The Joint Programme will upscale existing UN initiatives, such as PAGE, by involving the private sector and establishing a public-private consortium for blue investment.  

STRENGTHENING CAPACITY

STRENGTHENING CAPACITY

To strengthen individual and institutional capacity the University of West Indies (UWI) has been acknowledged as the key technical partner for the PAGE programme. For 2021, PAGE identified the following areas to strengthen capacity:

  • Delivering foundational training on IGE to policymakers through a combination of face-to-face and online trainings, customised to address Barbados' blue-green economy priorities;
  • Collaborating with UWI to integrate existing PAGE e-courses, contextualised to local/regional conditions;
  • Undertaking a feasibility study, in partnership with UWI, for the establishment of a small island development state (SIDS) green economy regional knowledge transfer hub; and
  • Providing training on sustainable finance for green economy and climate resilience to stakeholders in the national financial services industry.

COUNTRY FOCAL POINTS

Coordinating Agency Focal PointSantiago Dunne (UNEP)
PAGE Project CoordinatorDonna King-Brathwaite (UNDP)
Government Focal PointsTravis Sinckler, Senior Government Official-Environment at Government of Barbados