The Government of Jamaica, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UWI Consulting Inc., and with financial support from the European Union, hosted the 2nd Caribbean Green Economy Conference on February 23-24, 2015 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica.
The Conference provided a platform for in-depth and interactive discussions regarding policies, innovations and best practices as it relates to the green economy, with a view towards helping Caribbean states implement the SAMOA Pathway.
Presenting at the Conference, Jamaica’s Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable Robert Pickersgill, told the audience of the progrees made towards adopting greener measures in the the Jamaican economy.
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The Government of Jamaica, partnering with UWI Consulting Inc. and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and with financial assistance from the European Union, will be hosting the 2nd Caribbean Green Economy Conference on February 23-24, 2015 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
The Conference will bring together policymakers, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss cross-fertilization of ideas, experiences and institutional innovations to transition to a green economy at the national and regional levels and how these efforts can help in implementing the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway–of 3rd International Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference.
Realizing both the environmental and economic opportunities which can be derived from pursuing greener policies, many Caribbean SIDS have innovated policies and practices that allow them to better manage the ecological foundation of their economies. These islands are showing a renewed commitment to creating and investing in a greener economy, that positions them for growth and enhanced stewardship of their natural resources and wealth.
Currently, Jamaica and St. Lucia are implementing Green Economy Projects under the regional project: “Advancing Caribbean States’ Sustainable Development through Green Economy”. The overall objective of these projects is the development and promotion of national green economy approaches to poverty eradication and economic growth- it is expected to evaluate and recommend optimal public and private sector policies and measures that can help achieve the national objectives of income growth, economic development and job creation, whilst contributing to social progress and environmental improvement and undertaking a macroeconomic assessment of their impact.
Current trends, however, show that the transition to an inclusive green economy requires further investments, enabling policy environment and stronger role of private sector to sustain and stimulate “greening” measures. Although the implementation of sustainable development policies depends primarily on national action and leadership of SIDS themselves, the required changes at the international level need collective action by all states and stakeholders. Broad partnerships could play an important role in supporting development and implementation of domestic policy reform.
The Conference will create a platform to discuss varying issues related to the green economy, including:
The Scientific Research Council (SRC) in association with the United Nations Environment Programme and the University of the West Indies is issuing a call for students from primary and secondary schools to submit entries for its Green Economy Poster Competition.
The competition is targets students who have an interest in, or are already doing the Sciences in school. It also forms a part of the SRC’s mandate to promote the interest, awareness and understanding of Science and Technology and Innovation among the Jamaican school population. Students may submit entries in any of 5 categories, namely the Green Economy and Water Conservation, Tourism, Agriculture, Construction and Energy.
There is over $60,000 in cash and prizes to be won. The top entrants will each receive $15000, the runner ups $10,000 each and third place winners $5,000 each. The competition is supported by the European Union. The competition closes January 9, 2015
See official press release for more details: Press Release -Call for entries- SRC UNEP UWI Green Economy Poster Competition -WS
UWI Consulting continues to share in the policy discourse surrounding the effects of global environmental change on Small Island States and Territories, and seeks to provide these States with suitable adaptation mechanisms which can lead to both economic and environmental sustainability.
Executive Director of UWIC, Dr. Keith Nurse, will share in a Symposium being hosted in Malta under the theme, “Global Environmental Change & Small Island States & Territories: Economic & Labour Market Implications – Focus on the Maltese Islands” on December 2, 2014. Dr. nurse will present on the topic, “Climate Change Governance, Trade Policy and Small Island States: The Case of the Caribbean.” See link for more information and full Symposium Agenda.