PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia is among three regional countries set to receive more targeted interventions to sustain the island’s development agenda, through the use of sound environmental practices that promote economic growth and poverty eradication.
The project entitled Advancing Caribbean States’ Sustainable Development Agenda through Green Economy (ACSSD-GE) is financed and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
It is designed to assist governments in reshaping and refocusing policies, investments and spending towards a range of sectors, and to undertake enabling policy reforms, with a view to delivering a system of economic activities related to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services that results in improved human well-being, whilst not exposing future generations to environmental risks and ecological scarcities.
The overall objective of the project is to enable countries in the Caribbean to advance sustainable development through the design and implementation of policies that result in a strong and sustainable economy, which is environmentally responsible and socially-inclusive.
It will provide technical assistance and capacity building support to identify and realise economic growth, poverty reduction and ecosystems improvement opportunities offered by a green economic transformation.
The set of mutually supportive activities under this project will lead to four main outputs:
National multi-stakeholder green economy knowledge and networking platforms and a Regional Green Economy Network.
Country-relevant menus of green economy investment options and supportive policies based on quantitative assessment.
A Regional Centre of Excellence on green economy.
A region specific green economy capacity building portfolio consisting of material and training events for decision makers from public and private sectors.
In order to advance implementation of the Saint Lucia component of the project, a National Green Economy Stakeholder Consultation wil be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The consultation will take place at the Rex by Royal Saint Lucia Hotel, Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet.