Caribbean Environmental Information Week hosted in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Port of Spain:- The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) under the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD), along with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), The Federal Government of Brazil (FGB) and The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) hosted the Caribbean Environmental Information Week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The opening ceremony was held on 02ndOctober and followed four (4) days of working sessions supported by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).

The main objective of the conference was to agree on a strategy between the participating stakeholders, to monitor and report on the State of the Environment as it pertains to the Caribbean region. At the conference, environmental indicators, data gaps and capacity building requirements were identified, in order to quickly implement and prioritise the monitoring requirements for the region.

The Caribbean Environmental Information Week was being held on the heels of an active Atlantic Hurricane Season that saw the devastation of the Caribbean islands of Barbuda and Dominica by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria respectively. One of the environmental indicators that was prioritised was the impact of climate change and natural hazards. Other priorities include, but are not limited to, biodiversity, ecosystem services, land use, communication and public awareness.

The prioritised indicators will assist in the future assessment publications of the United Nations Environmental Programme, namely the GEO series that features the regional asssessment for Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

The conference featured Dr. Francesco Gaetani, representative of the UN Environment,  Mr Raquel Breda Dos Santos, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development, Production and Consumption, Ministry of Environment Brazil, Ms. Nadra Nathai-Gyan, Chairperson of EMA, Professor John Agard, Director, Office of Research Development and Knowledge Transfer, UWI and Co-Chair of the Regional Assesment for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Keshia Garcia.