|Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe|
Barbados and China are expected to establish partnerships and formalise cooperation agreements on issues of environmental protection, climate change and renewable energy.
These were among issues discussed when Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Xu Hong, paid a courtesy call on Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe, and his team at the Ministry’s Hinck’s Street office, earlier this week.
During the visit, Dr. Lowe said he was aware of China’s commitment to good environmental governance and its concerns about climate change and other issues which occupied the consciousness of global planners.
He added that he wanted to use the opportunity to set the platform for continued dialogue between the two countries and identify areas of partnership which could be pursued.
The Minister also highlighted ongoing projects in Barbados which were designed to counter the effects of climate change, protect the environment and develop renewable energy.
Among the projects mentioned were those being undertaken by the Coastal Zone Management Unit; the Sanitation Service Authority, through the Mangrove Pond Green Energy Complex, and the National Botanical Gardens, which were all designed to protect various aspects of the environment.
Dr. Lowe added that he was aware the People’s Republic of China was a leader in the exploration of technology associated with renewable energy, and noted that Barbados was interested in developing its knowledge base in that area.
He also expressed an interest in sending officials from Barbados to China to develop skills in that area so as to facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
Mr. Xu said he believed there was a lot the two countries could do in the areas of renewable energy, environmental protection and climate change, and suggested that future cooperation in those areas be established.
He added that China also wanted to build a direct connection with officials from the Ministry responsible for climate change, and provide opportunities for training in the relevant areas.
On May 30, 2012, Barbados marked the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.