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Barbados’ National Strategic Plan provides a framework for prosperity – with green and blue economy at the forefront.

Barbados has a diversified, serviced-based economy, underpinned by the tourism and international business sectors. Quality of life has risen over the years, but recent global financial and economic crises, dependency on imported fossil fuels, and changes in international development and financial policies have placed pressure on the country’s economy, society and environment. Limited access to natural resources, coupled with vulnerability to climate change as a small island developing state, contributes to its need to build a resilient economy that integrates ecological, economic and social well-being.

The scope of PAGE work in Barbados aims to contribute to the achievement of SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), and SDG 17 (Partnerships). 

As COVID-19 significantly affected both travel and supply chains, Barbados experienced a sharp economic crisis and high unemployment. As part of its economic recovery strategy, Barbados developed a proposal for additional PAGE support.  Within this scope, PAGE will focus on boosting the circular economy and promoting green consumption and production practices as a key way forwardActivities will consist of developing a 5Rs policy and legislative framework with 3year implementation plan; designing a programme to support MSMEs in integrating circular, resource-efficient and sustainable consumption and production practices; establishing a local business compact and facilitating dialogue on circular economy and resource efficiency with the private sector through the engagement with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and institutionalizing a capacity-building programme for the public sector on sustainable consumption and productionPAGE will also institute a youth citizen engagement and education partnership programme to promote youth engagement and entrepreneurship in a green economic recovery.  

  • 2016

    Barbados joined PAGE

  • 2017

    Inception mission held to explore country priorities 

  • 2018

    Change in Barbados administration

    Multi-agency mission organised to re-engage government and lay the groundwork for a national stocktaking activity

  • 2019

    PAGE became a member of the UNDP Blue Economy Steering Committee

    PAGE invited to be a partner in the national celebration of Environment Month 2019

    PAGE partnered with GEF Small Grants Programme for the inaugural Small Island Future Fest

    Cabinet approved PAGE’s workplan and its targeted outcomes

  • 2020

    Joint Programme proposal: Harnessing Blue Economy Finance for SIDS Recovery and Sustainable Development finalized, involving PAGE 

    The Throne Speech – a high-level policy statement – re-confirmed Barbados’ commitment to greening of the economy 

    Agreement developed with UWI and Government on Green and Blue Economy Learning Programme 

  • Reaffirming a Green Economy Pathway

    PAGE re-engaged with Barbados in September 2019 through the Minister of Environment and National Beautification (MENB). […]

  • Circular economy

    PAGE contributed to the annual Prime Minister’s message for World Environment Day in June 2020, which presented a circular […]

  • Collaborating for Green Finance

    PAGE contributed to the successful development of the Joint Programme proposal Harnessing Blue Economy Finance for SIDS […]

  • Green jobs training

    Through PAGE, eight government representatives, including members of PAGE’s Green and Blue Jobs Assessment Working Group […]

  • Curriculum for a green economy

    An agreement was developed in 2020 to initiate a Green-Blue Economy Learning Programme aiming to develop individual and […]

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