Environment and Energy

Energy and environment are essential for sustainable development. The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean affordable energy services. These issues are also global as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone layer depletion cannot be addressed by countries acting alone. Globally, UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects that help poor people build sustainable livelihoods.

Our Goals

UNDP Barbados and the OECS is committed to advocating for the global environmental relevance of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Eastern Caribbean. We aim at having the SIDS-specific circumstances and challenges in the sub-region known and understood in international and regional fora.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)/Global Goals 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land) all relate to the Environment and Energy portfolio.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Disaster Risk and Energy Access Management (DREAM)

    The objective of the Project is to reduce GHG emissions from fossil fuel-based power generation by demonstrating the exploitation of renewable energy resources for electricity generation in Barbados. To achieve this objective and strengthen the country’s Disaster Risk Response (DRR), the Project will promote decentralized solar photo-voltaic electricity generation in Barbados at community development centers and poly-clinics throughout the country.more 

  • Conserving Biodiversity

    The project will expand the existing Protected Areas (PA) system through the establishment of two new terrestrial PAs and three new marine PAs (the first marine PAs in the country), and will address systemic issues by implementing key elements of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Protected Areas System Plan, thereby strengthening PA management capacities and the ability to reduce or eliminate threats to biodiversity.more 

  • Ridge to Reef

    To ensure that biodiversity and ecosystems functions within and around marine and terrestrial PAs in Grenada are better protected from threats through the adoption of an integrated “Ridge to Reef” approach that increases PA management effectiveness and applies targeted sustainable land (and coastal sea) management practices, while ensuring ecosystems resilience to climate changemore 

  • Low Carbon Development Path (LCDP)

    To remove policy, technical and financial barriers to energy efficient applications and solar photovoltaic technologies in Dominica.more 

  • Dominica's Protected Area System

    To demonstrate a model for effective integrated landscape management encompassing the strengthening of an existing protected area (Morne Trois Pitons National Park) and establishment of its buffer zone in order to reduce threats to biodiversity and ecological functioning. more 

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