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Caribbean Urban Forum 2012

Planning to Achieve the Vision… Towards a Green Urban Economy

The Caribbean Urban Forum 2012: Planning to Achieve the Vision… Towards a Green Urban Economy will be held from March 14 to 17, 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica. The Forum, hosted by the Jamaica Institute of Planners (JIP), is one of a series of regional events organized by the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) in association with the CARICOM  Secretariat. The Forum seeks to advance a Caribbean Urban Agenda and best practices among planning professionals across the Region, as well as serve as the launch pad for the Caribbean Planners Association. Moreover, the meeting seeks to solidify the Region’s position on urban aspects of the green economy in preparation for Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June 2012.

The following documents offer background information on themes that will be examined at the Caribbean Urban Forum 2012:

· Development of a Caribbean Urban Agenda in the Context of Sustainable Development

· Urban Development and the Green Economy

The Registration Form and Policies for CUF 2012 are now available. Information on the CUF Preliminary Invitation and Call for Papers and the CUF Exhibitors and Sponsors can be downloaded for your reference. Please feel free to contact cuf2012@gmail.com for further details. We look forward to seeing you in Jamaica!

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Continuing Discussion on Green Economy in the Caribbean

The term green economy describes a form of development which holistically address the multiple economic and environmental challenges confronting the world. These challenges include: poverty and social inequality; disaster risk; public indebtedness; and diminishing benefits to various economic sectors such as energy, agriculture and tourism. In the Caribbean context, a green economy strives for long term prosperity, rather than just growth, through equitable distribution of economic benefits and effective management of ecological resources.

The Caribbean Action Learning Group (ALG) on Green Economy is a recently formed multi-stakeholder group representing key sectors and interests from across the Caribbean region who are shaping a Caribbean vision on the green economy. The ALG, facilitated by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), held its first meeting in October 2011. The ALG continues the work initiated by the Caribbean Dialogue on Green Economy, that formed part of the larger Green Economy Coalition Dialogues.

The Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) is a member of the ALG and has specific interest in moving towards a green economy that can be achieved through green architecture (e.g. energy efficient homes), procurement policies (e.g. acquisition of environmentally sustainable goods), energy (e.g. the use of solar and wind power versus non-renewable sources), water management, waste management, transportation (e.g. increasing mass transit opportunities), urban form (e.g. better integration of landuse and transportation) and vegetation and landscaping.

Over the remainder of 2011 and into 2012, the ALG, with continued support from the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), is working towards:

  • a broader and deeper discussion and analysis on what green economy means in the Caribbean context;
  • communicating to raise awareness, engage stakeholders, and influence policy (including Rio+20) via national and international meetings/processes;
  • identifying specific actions for implementation.

To learn more about the Caribbean ALG on the Green Economy, contact nicole@canari.org.



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