First Green Economy Training Workshop held in Saint Lucia
Ministry of Sustainable Development Energy, Science and Technology
Oct 30th – 31st 2014
The First Green Economy Training Program held under the theme Understanding and Operationalizing the Green Economy into National Development Planning in the Caribbean Context, took place on 30th-31stOctober 2014, at the Rex Saint Lucian Hotel, Conference Room in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The workshop was conducted with the assistance of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union (EU) together with the University of the West Indies (UWI) and hosted by the Ministry of Sustainable Development Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia.
The Training Program was conducted by Ms Elizabeth Emmanuel a lecturer at UWI and her assistant Ms. Gina Sanguinetti. Ms Emmanuel who has an extensive background in sustainable developmental, environmental, and energy issues conducted a very informative and interactive training program.
The training program recorded 40 persons attending, including professionals from a diverse cross section of all sectors in Saint Lucia; Tourism, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Energy, Biodiversity, Budget, Economic Planning and Development, Transport, Fisheries, Forestry, Architecture, Chamber of Commerce, Solid Waste Management Legal Affairs, Education, Physical Development, External Affairs, Invest Saint Lucia, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), St Lucia Bureau of Standards, Insurance Council, Water company WASCO, National Trade Export and Promotion Agency (TEPA) and other private firms. The workshop gave participants an Introduction to the concept of a Green Economy (GE), showing the link between key sector of the economy and the natural environment, indicating the requirements for transitioning, employment creation and poverty reduction in the context of a green economy. The course also looked at indicators to track progress towards social, economic and environmental outcomes of a green economy.
The participants gave some favorable feedback about the GE Training Program and indicated their interest in the initiative as well as their willingness to continue to work with the GESC in Saint Lucia towards transitioning to a Green Economy.
The next phase in the GE initiative in St Lucia is a review of the Green Economy Assessment of Saint Lucia Report (GEASL) currently being conducted. This review will be done by the country’s Green Economy Steering Committee (GESC) and wider stakeholders at a National Consultation to be held within the next few months.
Sarah Leon GE Project Coordinator – St Lucia