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Barbados fast facts

Joined:

2016

Key cross-sectoral policies

National Strategic Plan (2006-2025)

Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2017:

Green jobs

Green manufacturing

IGEInclusive Green Economy knowledge

PAGE's support to Barbados contributes to the achievement of the following SDGs:

Sustainable Development Goals icon

SDG goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

The Government of Barbados has committed high-level and cross-sectoral support to pursuing a green economy. PAGE’s work in Barbados builds upon an existing analysis of green economy opportunities and challenges, conducted by UN Environment in 2012.

As part of its expression of interest for joining PAGE, the Government identified the following priorities for continued efforts towards green economy transition:

  1. promoting green skills and jobs;
  2. greening the manufacturing sector;
  3. establishing a SIDS-SIDS green economy knowledge transfer platform; and
  4. establishing a set of indicators to support monitoring of green economy policies.

Progress in 2017: A Snapshot

On a green economy mission

At the beginning of 2017, PAGE organized an inception mission to Barbados with the aim of exploring the country’s priority areas for PAGE’s support during its transition toward a green economy.

At the mission PAGE met with key actors from ministries to UN agencies, along with other key stakeholders from business, labour, academia and civil society.

The mission resulted in three main outcomes:

  1. a definition of priority actions and critical path for first year activities under PAGE;
  2. a validation of the priority areas identified by the Government of Barbados; and
  3. discussions around stakeholder engagement and communications strategy.

Green jobs

The Government of Barbados has set a priority for PAGE to design a Labour Force Survey Module on “Employment in the Environmental Sector and Green Jobs in Barbados”.

PAGE envisages using this survey as a basis for a Skills and Green Jobs assessment.

Greening value chains

The government of Barbados is looking to mainstream resource efficiency and promote eco-innovation. To do this, it is taking steps towards greening the value chains in the manufacturing industry

PAGE plans to conduct a Green Industry Assessment to support this activity.

Transferring green economy knowledge

With PAGE’s support, Barbados aims to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a Green Economy Knowledge Transfer Platform between Small Island Developing States. This would help position Barbados as a leader in individual and institutional exchange of knowledge on inclusive green economy principles.

How does PAGE's work in Barbados meet its objectives?

 

Outcome 1: National policymaking

The Government of Barbados has committed high-level and cross-sectoral support to pursuing a green economy.

In 2017, PAGE organized an inception mission to meet with key counterparts in Barbados, with the aim of exploring the country’s priority areas for PAGE’s support during its transition toward a green economy. The inception mission has resulted in three main outcomes:

  • a definition of priority actions and critical path for first year activities under PAGE
  • a validation of the priority areas identified by the Government of Barbados, and
  • discussions around stakeholder engagement and communications strategy.

Under Outcome 1, the Government of Barbados prioritized the execution of a stocktaking study and an inventory of best practices on inclusive green economy in the country. The stocktaking study can serve as a launch pad for a study planned for 2018 on green economy metrics and measurement, in which green economy indicators will be detailed.

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

The government of Barbados has identified the following sectoral and thematic areas for PAGE support:

  • developing a policy framework for greening the manufacturing sector to mainstream resource efficiency and promote eco-innovation and
  • conducting a green and decent jobs assessment and establish a green skills development support programme.

These thematic and sectoral areas will be further discussed and elaborated during the inception phase of PAGE support.

Outcome 3: Strengthen capacity

Institutional and individual capacity building is an essential element of PAGE support and is usually incorporated in different workstreams.

With PAGE’s support, Barbados aims to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a SIDS-SIDS (Small Island Developing States) Green Economy Knowledge Transfer Platform. This platform would position Barbados as a leader in individual and institutional exchange of knowledge on inclusive green economy principles within the larger SIDS community.

Beyond 2018, Barbados expressed an interest to receive PAGE’s support in hosting a National Inclusive Green Economy Academy modeled on PAGE’s Global Green Economy Academy, including the possible participation and involvement of neighboring Caribbean countries.

Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing 

PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.

For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.

SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles

In Barbados, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of four SDGs (8, 9, 12, and 17) through: supporting the design the design of a labour force survey on employment in the environmental sector and green, the execution of a green industry assessment and undertaking a feasibility study for the establishment of a Green Economy Knowledge Transfer Platform.

The graphic above shows the interaction and interdependence between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement articles that PAGE supports in a given country. The degree of interrelatedness is expressed by proximity of the SDGs/articles to each other.