St. Lucia hosts major environmental forum

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St. Lucia hosts major environmental forum

The threats facing coastal zones and marine-protected areas due to land-based activities are among matters to be discussed when regional stakeholders host a special forum today, Friday, June 7, 2013 to examine that sector.

The German-funded Regional Partners Forum is being organized by the Environmental Health-Environmental Management Unit of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions Programme. It is being implemented by the German International Cooperation (GIZ).

A press release states that representatives from eight participating countries are expected to attend the event. This includes Belize, Jamaica, St Kitts and Dominica. A number of technical support agencies and regional and international NGO’s are also expected at the event.

Presentations and discussions will also be held on national and regional initiatives involving coastal zones and marine-protected area management, the release said.

Representatives from the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and the CARICOM Secretariat are among those expected to make contributions at the forum.

The opening ceremony of the Regional Partners Forum takes place in the conference room of the Palm Haven in Gros Islet at from 9 a.m.

Patricia Aquing, unit manager, Environmental Health/Environmental Management Unit of CARPHA will chair the proceedings.

The Caribbean Aqua-terrestrial Soulutions program was implemented after agreements were signed between the CARICOM Secretariat and the government of the Republic of Germany through the GIZ.

The agreements involved two programme components – improving the management of coastal resources and conservation of marine biodiversity in Caribbean countries – which were later merged into one.

Participating countries in this venture were Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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