Green Economy Scoping Study Update

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

The findings of the Green Economy Scoping Study (GESS) are back!

Officials from the University of the West Indies (UWI) are expected to handover the study to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart next week during a two-day Caribbean Green Economy Forum at the Almond Beach Village, Heywoods, St. Peter.

The March 28 to 29 forum, hosted by Government and the UWI in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will also see an examination of Caribbean experiences in pursuing Green Economic Policies, an identification of policy implementation mechanisms for effective Green Economy Policies; and a discussion on the CARICOM Small Island Developing States Green Economy Initiative.

The GESS was conducted by the UWI for Government in association with the UNEP, with its overall objective being to support and complement national initiatives towards achieving a green economy.

Among its objectives are the analysis of opportunities and challenges of a green economy with focus on tourism, agriculture, transport and housing/buildings; evaluation of trends, patterns and gaps in green investments, covering public spending and private investment in terms of gross domestic product; and developing recommendations on key enabling conditions and related policy reforms in order to support and facilitate green investments.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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