Barbados is one of the most prosperous states in the Caribbean. Nevertheless, 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 and environment. Limited access to natural resources, coupled with its vulnerability to climate change, underline the importance of increasing Barbados' economic, social and ecological resilience.

Recognizing these challenges, the Government has made strong commitments to sustainable development through long and medium-term strategic frameworks, a Social Compact with the private sector and trade unions, and a National Sustainable Development Policy. Its National Strategic Plan (2006-2025) speaks specifically of “Building a Green Economy: Strengthening the Physical Infrastructure and Preserving the Environment”. 

Barbados joined PAGE in 2016, with the purpose of supporting the implementation of the National Strategic Plan and its green economy objectives. Following general elections that were held in 2018, a new administration took office and the PAGE programme in Barbados was realigned to the new government’s priorities. 

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

 Learn more about PAGE work in Barbados in our 2019 Annual Report

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NATIONAL POLICYMAKING

NATIONAL POLICYMAKING

Going forward, PAGE will provide support to national policymaking by:

  • Developing a stocktaking report, including an inventory of best practices in green and blue economy; and
  • Mobilising and engaging stakeholders in defining a green and blue economy vision for the country.

SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORM

SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORM

Going forward, PAGE’s support to sectoral and thematic reform will focus on:

  • Conducting a Labour Force Survey Module on “Employment in the Environmental Sector and Green and Blue Jobs in Barbados”;
  • Formulating a youth engagement and communications strategy for Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) and climate change education in a 1.5 degree Celsius world; and
  • Conducting a green industry assessment with a focus on manufacturing value chains and with the view to creating jobs for youth and women.

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 2020, 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

Lead Agency Focal Point Santiago Dunne (UNEP)
National CoordinatorDonna King-Brathwaite (UNDP)
Partner Agency Focal PointsMaya Valcheva (UNITAR)
Franz Mayer De La Rosa (UNIDO)
Ana Sanchez (ILO)
Fulai Sheng (UNEP)
Government Focal PointsTravis Sinckler, Senior Government Official-Environment at Government of Barbados