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.  

Learn more about PAGE work in Barbados in our 2019 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

Consultations & workshops: 2 

National institutions & ministries partnering: 8 

Initiatives providing co-financing: 1

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Thanks to a strong partnership and support from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, PAGE announces the second wave of green recovery funds for eight partner countries. Learn more

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