Jamaica’s Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change (MWLECC) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a two-day workshop on the green economy (GE), entitled “Understanding and Operationalizing the Green Economy into National Development Planning in the Caribbean Context” on November 27 & 28, 2014.
This workshop supported Jamaica’s Green Economy Project: Advancing Caribbean States’ Sustainable Development Agenda through Green Economy, being implemented by UNEP, UWI and MWLECC. This project seeks to develop and promote a national GE approach to poverty eradication and economic growth by technical support, capacity building and training persons involved in the decision making process in Jamaica.
The workshop was also part of an initiative to develop a Caribbean GE training programme and is intended to provide a model for integration of GE training within academic institutions. It is expected that this training will ultimately be institutionalized into modules of already existing courses being offered by selected tertiary institutions, primarily the University of the West Indies or offered as a stand-alone course as part of a degree programme, possibly at the Masters Level. The institutionalization of this GE training programme within tertiary institutions is being pursued as part of a plan to ensure that over time there will always be a set of skills in the region to implement actions in various sectors and disciplines to move towards a green economy.
Also, this workshop was used to obtain information to be used in a Capacity Needs Assessment for the Green Economy in the Caribbean which aims to understand the capacity gaps and needs with respect to operationalizing and institutionalizing the green economy within the small states of the Caribbean.
Thirty seven persons participated in the workshop – 24 were from government ministries, departments and agencies, 7 from the private sector, 4 from civil society organizations and 2 from academia participated in the workshop.
See Full Workshop Report here: Jamaica GE workshop report November 2014 – November 30, 2014