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Key cross-sectoral policies

National Strategic Plan (2006-2025)

Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2017:

Green jobs

Green manufacturing

IGE knowledge

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

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SDG goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


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?