Early this year, EQO NIXUS was selected to support the government of Barbados, a small island developing state in the Caribbean, to update its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The project, which is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) NDC Invest program and is led by the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification (MENB) of Barbados, is expected to run till September 2020.

During the first half of June, the EQO-NIXUS’ consultant team conducted the first of what will be three large rounds of stakeholder consultations. Known as NDC Dialogue 1, this involved about 100 of the country’s foremost experts, including members of the Government, the IDB and other development partners, and representatives from across all sectors.

Across 3 sessions, the first Dialogue was held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our key experts, both local and international, presented their assessment of the challenges and opportunities, as well as the needs across sectors, such as energy, transport, water resources, waste, tourism, agriculture, coastal zone and disaster risk management. The discussions with experts were lively and yielded many new insights, proving it is indeed possible to meaningfully work with all stakeholders through a virtual enhancement process, designed by our stakeholder engagement team.

EQO NIXUS, in conjunction with the government and the IDB, will continue its work towards an ambitious update of the Barbados NDC to align the Paris Agreement targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and with the national objectives, needs and priorities of the country.