Barbados is working towards launching an awareness campaign to celebrate 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe, made this point recently during a courtesy call with British High Commissioner, Victoria Deane, at his Warrens, St. Michael office.

He noted that Barbados??? national vision for the country to become the greenest economy in the Caribbean and Latin America was ongoing, with it becoming one of seven countries to complete the Green Economy Scoping study.

Dr. Lowe also highlighted the construction of the US $341 million waste-to-energy plant, the protection of ground water, the leachate treatment plant, work done in climate change and the work done by the Coastal Zone Management Unit to combat coastal erosion, as being among some of Barbados??? biggest achievements.

Ms. Deane said she was glad Barbados was at the forefront of such efforts, and commended the country for also partnering with other states which faced similar challenges.??She noted that there were a number of regional programmes which focused on climate change adaptation. ???We are struggling with changes in the weather systems because we are not as ready as we should be,??? she said.

The High Commissioner noted that the Commission also examined projects which focused on climate change, climate change adaptation and growth and poverty reduction.

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