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Mr. David Bynoe works as the National Coordinator of the Global Environmental Facility-Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for Barbados & the OECS. As National Coordinator he is mainly responsible for effective management of the GEF-SGP local team, the SGP programme and its portfolio. Previously, David worked for seven years as an Agronomist with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries & Water Resource Management (MAFFW) making a significant impact on the agricultural sector. In that capacity he developed and managed the National Organic Research and Development Programme and provided environmental economic advice to various government agencies and international organizations. David is a trained Environmental Economist with a Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management (Distinction) from the University of York, United Kingdom (UK). He pursued this masters as a Commonwealth Scholar to the UK after completing a first degree in Agricultural Science from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, he has received specialized training in The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB) facilitated by the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Utilizing these multidisciplinary skills David currently sits on the Barbados Green Economy National Steering Committee in his capacity as National Coordinator (GEF-SGP) providing agricultural and environmental economic guidance. This committee seeks to make Barbados the first country in the Caribbean to develop the Green Economy. He is also a member of the National Climate Change Committee commissioned by the Government of Barbados. In addition, he is a member of the United Nations Environmental Programme Scienctific and Expert Review Team that assesses emerging issues impacting Small Island Developing States. David’s current Ph.D. research work with the University of Twente in the Netherlands focuses on Multi-level Governance, Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Stewardship within Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Contextual Interaction Theory, Choice Experiments and Agent-based Modeling are the main tools being utilized to determine and simulate the drivers of behavioural change that could lead to improved climate change adaptation and agri-environmental stewardship in SIDS.
Expertise and Research Interests
- Environmental Valuation & Policy
- Agent-Based Modeling
- Multi-Level Governance
- Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation
- Agri-Environmental Stewardship