Barbados will host its first Green Summit on September 3rd at the Foursquare Rum Distillery and Heritage Park. The event is an attempt to connect the green business community with the government and agencies involved in sustainable projects on the island.

The tiny paradisiacal Caribbean island of Barbados has been surfing the green wave at a high pace. A good number of green initiatives have been arduously planting seeds to create what could become a model of sustainable development for the region.

Having spent some time in Barbados, I noticed there are significant projects, active professionals and talented people trying to make a difference for positive change. But even on a small island of just 46 square km it seems at times that not everyone is aware of what others are doing around you. There is the danger of duplication of efforts, misunderstandings and waste of valuable resources.

The idea of the Summit was suggested during an informal conversation with entrepreneur Ian Mc Neel, co-founder of the local grassroots organization Slow Food Barbados.

Discussing the need to increase the flow of information and cooperation opportunities between all players in the green sector and with other local and international private and government institutions, the time for a Summit seemed right.

The plan rapidly materialized thanks to incredible volunteers and the coordination of sustainability planner & permaculture designer Lani Edghill,

Under the theme “Regeneration” the Green Summit expects attendance of diverse organizations including the Ministry of Agriculture, Barbados Renewable Energy Association, Barbados Organic Growers  and Consumers Association, Bellairs Research Institute, Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute, Be the Change Barbados, The Future Centre Trust and Williams Solar. The Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and PROPEL, the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprise and Linkages, a project funded by the Canadian government will also take part in the program.

The Green Summit will be held at the Foursquare Distillery, one of the most modern and environmentally friendly distilleries in the world and with 250 years of history.