Report on the 6th Caribbean Environmental Forum St Kitts and Nevis
May 21 – 25, 2012
by Ms. Lani Edghill
Green Business Barbados
An initiative of The Future Centre Trust
May 22, 2012
The working days of the Caribbean Environment Forum (CEF) started off with a bang at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and the Royal Beach Casino. The focus of the Forum was The Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources. Key note addresses were delivered by a number of Government Ministers including those from St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados and St. Lucia. Minister of Public Works, Housing, Energy and Utilities, for St Kitts and Nevis, Dr. The Honourable Earl Asim Martin, blazed the trail by highlighting their existing geothermal plant in Nevis and future plans for Geothermal plants of 10 megawatts each for St. Kitts and Nevis. In addition to this renewable energy source, a wind farm exists on Nevis producing 6 megawatts with a similar one on St. Kitts in the process of being built which will produce 5.2 megawatts of power. These plants will assist in moving St. Kitts and Nevis closer to their goal of producing 60% renewable energy for the country by 2015. This process was heavily informed by the public through public consultation and town hall meetings.
The Minister of Environment and Drainage for Barbados, Dr The Honourable Denis Lowe, featured the country’s Green Economy Scoping Study and made reference to the planned ‘Green Energy Complex’ for Barbados. Minister of Agriculture for Guyana, Dr. The Honourable Leslie Ramsammy, discussed the need to implement sustainable agriculture practices including integrated pest management (IPM) and stressed the need for a regional sound GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) framework for CARICOM. Dr. Didacus Jules, Registrar for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), provided the educational perspective explaining how the CXC is working toward integrating green skills into the Caribbean curriculum.
Day Two of the forum also saw the exhibition in full force, with resources and information available on waste water treatment, water harvesting systems, data on marine litter, etc. Embracing the Green Revolution is POUI (Protecting Our Universal Investment), a company based in Trinidad and Tobago, who provides clothing options made from recycled PET bottles, pens, stickers, reusable bags and other sustainable products and services. Continue reading