Barbados’ Pathway to a Green Economy

Barbados’ National Strategic Plan (2006-2025) provides a framework for Barbados becoming a fully developed society that is prosperous, socially just and globally competitive by the end of the first quarter of the century. The National Strategic Plan advances six strategic goals in pursuit of the national vision for 2025. Goal four of the NSP speaks specifically of “Building a Green Economy: Strengthening the Physical Infrastructure and Preserving the Environment”.

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Barbados’ National Strategic Plan (2006-2025) provides a framework for Barbados becoming a fully developed society that is prosperous, socially just and globally competitive by the end of the first quarter of the century. The National Strategic Plan advances six strategic goals in pursuit of the national vision for 2025. Goal four of the NSP speaks specifically of “Building a Green Economy: Strengthening the Physical Infrastructure and Preserving the Environment”.

Under its Medium Term Strategic Framework,2007-9, the Government of Barbados has committed to enewable energy accounting for 30 percent of the island's primary electricity by 2012. However, due to the high price of fuel imports, it is trying to achieve this target earlier. Bagasse and solar water heaters contribute 15 percent of the island's primary energy supply.

 Other Government Initiatives include a NationalBiodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in conjunction with UNEP & GEF.

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Green Economy Success Story: Solar Energy in Barbados

Barbados’ overreliance on imported fossil fuels has become one of the island’s major environmental concerns. The Barbadian government’s National Strategic Plan of Barbados for 2006-25 is designed to rectify this dependency by increasing the country’s renewable energy supply, with a particular focus on raising the number of household solar water heaters by 50 per cent by 2025. Solar water heaters are now a widely used renewable energy technology in Barbados, with installations in nearly half of the island’s dwelling units.

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UNEP Green Economy Support

UNEP held discussions with officials from Barbados during the 17th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, in Panama, 29-30 May 2010 and during the 1st Preparatory Committee Meeting for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in New York, on 17-19 May 2010.

A July scoping mission to Barbados involving ETB plus UNEP-FI and ROLAC met with ministries of Environment; Economic Affairs, Empowerment, Innovation, Trade, Industry & Commerce; Agriculture; Transport and Works; Housing and Lands; Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Royal Bank of Canada; UNDP Resident Representative/UNRC; University of West Indies. There is now an agreement to start a scoping study which is targeted to be completed by August 2011, which is being led by the University of West Indies, Cave-Hill. UNEP is contributing $40,000 to the process and the Government of Barbados is committing another $100,000 as counterpart contribution.

There are also plans for a regional conference on Green Economy in the Caribbean region, which is scheduled to take place in the middle of 2011.

Partnership with UNEP on Green Economy

UNEP and UNDESA are collaborating on realizing the objectives of the Marrakech Process (2003). The Marrakech Process is a global process to support the elaboration of a 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production, as called for by the WSSD Johannesburg Plan of Action. Its goals are to assist countries in their efforts to green their economies, to help corporations develop greener business models, to encourage consumers to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

Barbados is currently considering the green economy framework under the unified United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2008-2011).

Other UNEP related initiatives

Along with other initiatives, UNEP and UNDP are also collaborating on the OECS Environmental Assistance portfolio. This is primarily funded by the Global Environmental Facility. The portfolio is designed to protect and regenerate the environment and natural resource asset base for sustainable human development. It also seeks to promote the integration of sound environmental management with national programmes and policies, protect and regenerate the environment and promote access to natural resource assets on which the poor depend, promote equity and burden sharing in international cooperation to protect and enhance the global and regional environment. It is also committed to advocating for the global environmental relevance of Small Island Developing States in the Eastern Caribbean.

What Barbadian Leaders have said about the Green Economy

Barbadian Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart

(…) “It must be recalled that in March 2009, our late Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced his vision for Barbados becoming and quote "the most environmentally advanced green country in Latin America and the Caribbean". My Government continues to be committed to that vision and the emphasis at this point is to consolidate and elevate its efforts to engage business and consumers in its road to "Greening". Conceptually, in the Barbadian context, the Green Economy is defined as: ".. .an integrated production, distribution, consumption, and waste assimilation system that, at its core, reflects the fragility of our small island ecosystems." (…)

(…) “I am pleased to say that, as a result, on December 16th 2010, the Cabinet of Barbados agreed to a formal partnership for a, and I quote, "Resource Efficient Green Economy in Barbados, and the undertaking of a Green Economy Scoping Study," between the Government of Barbados and the United Nations Environment Programme.” (…)

Address by the Hon. Freundel Stuart, Q.C. M.P. Prime Minister of Barbados on the occasion of the Launch of the Government of Barbados-United Nations Environment Programme Partnership for a Resource Efficient Green Economy in Barbados and the undertaking of a Green Economy Scoping Study by the University of the West Indies, 9 March 2011

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