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Green Economy Scoping Study for Barbados Prepared for: The Government of Barbados Prepared by: the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (UWI-Cave.

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1 Green Economy Scoping Study for Barbados Prepared for: The Government of Barbados Prepared by: the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (UWI-Cave Hill) in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

2 Background Mature tourism product Diversification is critical Sports Heritage Gastronomy Health and wellness

3 Background

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5 Sustainable tourism product Rio Earth Summit Green taxes (APD, EU Carbon tax, etc..) Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme (CRSTDP) Domestic policy framework Green Paper on Sustainable Tourism in Barbados Tourism Development Act

6 Resource Use and Efficiency Measures Fuel Most tourist arrive on long-haul flights 17% of total electricity generated Water Between litres per guest per night Waste Requires regular municipal waste services

7 Resource Use and Efficiency Measures Land Reclassification from agriculture to tourism Future demands (e.g. golf, polo, new properties) Most development is within 2km of the coastline

8 Investment Gaps

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11 Green Growth Opportunities

12 Potential Returns in Terms of Economic Growth, Development and Poverty Reduction ToolsIssuesInstitutional Examples Environmental Codes of Conduct – provides guidelines for businesses to operate in a more sustainable fashion Focuses primarily on the physical environment (not comprehensive enough) Voluntary in nature Ineffective sanctions World Travel and Tourism Council International Hotel Initiative (Charter for environmental action) Pacific Area Tourism Association – code of environmentally sustainable tourism

13 Potential Returns in Terms of Economic Growth, Development and Poverty Reduction ToolsIssuesInstitutional Examples Certification Schemes - verification of a companys performance against a set of standards Tend to focus on environmental issues Can be disadvantageous to poorer countries – lack of skills, monitoring and recording systems Environmental standards may be insensitive to local realities Green Globe 21 Smart Voyager (Galapagos Islands) Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica) Green Deal (Guatemalan coalition of NGOs Fair Trade Tourism (South Africa) Blue Flag

14 Potential Returns in Terms of Economic Growth, Development and Poverty Reduction ToolsIssuesInstitutional Examples Travelife Sustainability System Provides support, advice and tools to help supply improve their environmental and social performance Bougainvillea Beach Resort Barbados Beach Club Mango Bay Fairmont Royal Pavilion

15 Potential for Environmental Improvement CHENACT Energy efficiency Energy efficiency model Certification schemes Branding & marketing Economic incentives Waste Management Sort and separate materials

16 Conclusions Sustainability Spillover effects for green processes in other industries Enabling conditions


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