This premier conference is organised by the Caribbean Environmental Forum and Exhibition Health Institute, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health in St. Kitts & Nevis and other local partners. It will be held under the theme “The Green Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources.”
A national organizing committee led by the Minister of Health, Marcella Liburd and the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Marin, is collaborating with CEHI to organize the CEF event here in St. Kitts.
Patricia Aquing, Executive Director of CEHI said in a press briefing on Monday that the conference will bring together about 250 persons, from within and outside the region. There will be a topical discussion on the theme, in light of countries seeking to balance economic and social development with environmental concerns, within the framework of the green economy.
She further stated that, several countries in the Caribbean including Barbados, St Lucia, Trinidad and Dominica have made progress in establishing national frameworks for greening their economies and the opportunity will be taken to highlight the case studies and how they are taking steps to develop their economies in a sustainable manner.
Aquing added that the conference will be addressed by Sir Dwight Venner, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Dr. Leslie Ramammy, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana and Dr. Dr. James Fletcher, Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia.
She said that the conference will also provide an avenue for Caribbean countries to come together and share ideas involved in environment development.
CEF will also assist with the planning and programming for a number of regional projects and initiatives. One such project for which funding is being finalized, through the St. Kitts Water Services Department, relates to significant work in the Basseterre Valley.
It was also revealed that various training activities are organized in Water Safety Planning and Waste Management including recycling delivered by Clean Islands International.
The conference will be open to the public on Tuesday 22nd May and Wednesday 23rd and will feature movies on environmental issues. There will also be a public lecture.