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Jamaica hosts Caribbean Green Economy Workshops


Jamaica will be hosting the second in a series of Caribbean Green Economy Training Workshops to be held under the theme “Understanding and Operationalizing the Green Economy into National Development Planning in the Caribbean Context.”


The programme which is a joint initiative of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the University of the West Indies with support from the European Union (EU), will be held on November 27 and 28, 2014 at the UWI Regional Headquarters Mona. It is being hosted by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and follows on the first workshop which was held in October in St. Lucia.


A green economy is one that results in reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, and aims for sustainable development without degrading the environment. The workshop will bring together professionals and experts representing a wide range of allied sectors including tourism, energy, construction, mining, transport and manufacturing.


According to Lt. Col. Oral Khan, Chairman of Jamaica’s Green Economy Steering Committee (GESC), “the workshop will prove significant in promoting the value of a green economy to our country’s development. The cross fertilisation of ideas from professionals, policy makers and decision-makers working in natural resources, conservation, management and impacted sectors, should spawn the development of customized environmentally friendly programmes that can provide significant cost savings to organizations and the country at large, whilst promoting environmental preservation.”


Col Khan also stated that “a green economy will also help to boost the country’s development efforts in the medium to long term as new investment, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities are explored and hopefully ultimately will be realized and optimized. We are also very grateful for the support of UNEP and the EU for their generous support of this initiative and pleased that the UWI is on board and using their valuable research and professional expertise to help drive the process.”


The workshop which will be facilitated by Elizabeth Emmanuel, Curriculum Development and Training Consultant, will address sector-specific issues and tools to address Green Economy matters. Topics to be covered include requirements for transitioning to a green economy, employment creation and entrepreneurial opportunities, sector focus interventions on energy, tourism, transportation, agriculture and fisheries.


It will be followed by a Green Economy National Validation Workshop on November 28 also at the UWI, at which the final draft of a study titled “Green Economy- Scoping Study for Jamaica” will be presented and will offer an opportunity for stakeholders to provide valuable feedback to validate its findings. The consultation is also expected to encourage national ownership of the process and recommendations for the way forward.




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