Barbados fast facts
Key cross-sectoral policies:
National Strategic Plan (2006-2015)
Government of Barbados’ Green Economy Policy 2007
Barbados’ Protocol VI of the Social Partnership
Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2018:
Evidence-Based Progress Assessment on Green and Blue Economy
Institutional support and citizen participation in green and blue economy transition
Green and blue jobs
Future development of SIDS-SIDS Green Economy Knowledge Transfer Platform
Collaboration with University of the West Indies
In May 2018, there was a change in administration in Barbados. The new administration has committed high-level and cross-sectoral support to pursuing a green economy and has specifically identified its intention to do so in the context of a blue economy.
PAGE objectives in Barbados include:
- Integrating inclusive green economy goals and targets into SDG-aligned national economic and
- Implementing evidence-based sectoral and thematic reforms in line with IGE priorities.
- Strengthening capacities at the national level.
- Improving the inclusive green economy knowledge base.
Progress in 2018: A Snapshot
Maintaining focus on pursuing a Green Economy under a New Administration
The new Government of Barbados has committed high-level and cross-sectoral support to pursuing a green economy within a context of an over-arching blue economy.
The Prime Minister has assured her support to PAGE provided it is aligned to her administration’s priorities, in particular related to blue and green economy. The Prime Minister has therefore:
- emphasized the need for technical support to face the current economic situation and also to provide training and skills to people at all levels;
- expressed her determination to ensure effective inter-ministerial and cross-sectoral coordination and cooperation at the national level for the PAGE activities.
PAGE Re-engagement Mission
To pave the way for PAGE activity in Barbados, PAGE partners organized a multi-agency mission in November 2018 to re-engage the government and national stakeholders, highlight PAGE’s relevance to national priorities and lay the groundwork for a national stocktaking activity.
During the mission, representatives from PAGE met with lead decision-makers and green economy stakeholders, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Environment, as well as representatives from the Barbadian government, academia, the European Commission and the Caribbean Development Bank in Barbados, to discuss goals and priorities for PAGE in Barbados.
The mission generated broad understanding among national stakeholders, PAGE agencies and the wider development community of national priorities, the desired outcomes for PAGE in Barbados and the next steps to be taken towards operationalizing the programme.
Teeing up the 2019-2021 PAGE Workplan
The focus over the next three years for PAGE Barbados will be squarely placed on:
- establishing evidence based green and blue economy baseline assessments;
- understanding resource-efficient interventions in the Agri/Fisheries value chains and infrastructure;
- developing inclusive Green and Blue Economy Principles which will be integrated into evidence-based policy interventions.
There are several ongoing UN programmes, projects and initiatives aligned to Barbados’ green and blue economy priorities, and important synergies can be built with PAGE work in Barbados. PAGE can also be a catalyst for scaling up the UN-wide system support to Barbados in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, SAMOA Pathway and the Paris Agreement.
How does PAGE's work in Barbados meet its objectives?
Outcome 1: National policymaking
A multi-agency mission visited Barbados in November 2018 to re-engage the government and stakeholders on PAGE, highlight its relevance to national priorities and pave the way for a national stocktaking activity.
- informed the new Barbados administration about PAGE work globally and nationally;
- identified priorities for PAGE Barbados’ engagement and secured approval for the next Work Plan;
- established an operational framework among key partners, including a PAGE Barbados Liaison Group and the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus; and
- built awareness of PAGE Barbados Work Plan among lead technical green and blue economy focal points and the wider development community.
In immediate follow-up to the mission, a stock-taking study will be commissioned to analyze best practices, national SDG and NDC processes and to develop an inventory of sustainable finance practices.
Outcome 2: Sectoral reform
Over the next three years, the new government of Barbados, together with PAGE, will focus on supporting the following sectoral reform processes and related outputs:
- developing a green industry assessment with a focus on manufacturing value chains and with the view of also creating jobs for youth and women;
- developing a labour force survey module on “Employment in the Environmental Sector and Green Jobs in Barbados”, in partnership with the Barbados Statistical Services; and
- conducting a green-blue economy sectoral study on fisheries to inform policymaking and potentially catalyse investments in the sector.
The objective of this work is to establish evidence-based green and blue economy baseline assessments, plan resource efficient interventions in the Agri/Fisheries value chains, and strengthen the inclusive Green and Blue Economy Principles in policy design and implementation.
Outcome 3: Strengthen capacity
Institutional and individual capacity building is an essential element of PAGE support and will be incorporated across different workstreams.
The Re-Engagement Mission in November 2018 provided an opportunity to raise awareness in the new administration about PAGE Barbados, including with the lead technical green and blue economy focal points in the government and the wider development community.
This will be followed by a number of targeted capacity building activities to provide:
- foundational training on IGE for policymakers, customized to address Barbados' green and blue economy priorities;
- collaboration with the University of West Indies (UWI) to integrate existing PAGE e-courses into the university programme, contextualized to local and regional conditions; and
- a feasibility study, in partnership with UWI, for the establishment of a SIDS-SIDS green economy regional knowledge transfer hub.
PAGE will also prioritize enhancing citizen engagement in Barbados’ green and blue economy transition.
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 SDGs 8, 9, 12, and 17 through planned support for the design of a labour force survey on employment in the environmental sector and green and blue economy, the planned execution of a green industry assessment and the development of feasibility study for the establishment of a Green Economy Knowledge Transfer Platform.