Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States must seize the opportunity to help the countries that were devastated by the recent hurricanes to build back better and become the first climate-resilient nations in the world.
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, delivered this charge in remarks he made at the opening of the Forty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, Thursday morning.
The impact of the hurricanes wrought on some CARICOM Member States and Associate Members have affected various sectors including agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, housing, infrastructure, energy, and communications. The impact has also caused ripple effects across the Region, given the level of integration, the Secretary-General pointed out.
(CNS): A V5 Hybrid Seabin has been installed in the water by the Cayman Islands Yacht Club in West Bay to begin gobbling up the rubbish that makes its way into the sea. This is the first Seabin to be installed in the region; it is designed for marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports as a part of the solution to the current global sea garbage problem. The relatively new technology was created by two Australian surfers concerned about the buildup of rubbish in the ocean. Water is syphoned in from the surface and passes through the natural fibre catch bag inside the Seabin. The water is pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.
The Yacht Club is one of nine marinas participating under Global Pilot Partner sponsorships, which also has, or will have, Seabins installed in Bermuda, San Diego (USA), Helsinki (Finland), Mallorca (Spain), La Grande Motte (France), Halifax (Canada) and the superyacht marina at Porto Montenegro. Butterfield Bank is the local partner which has covered the cost to install the bin in Cayman at the Yacht Club.
We should work towards banning…when we get serious about our Tourism, a problems like this can and will hurt! https://t.co/blObB43v5a
During a press conference Tuesday Michael McWatt, managing director of Butterfield Bank (Cayman), said that as a bank operating on islands, it understand how closely tied the wellbeing of the economies and the people are to the ocean. “The fortunes of our tourism products and the quality of daily life for all of us, depends on the health of the waters that surround us,” he said.
The CARICOM Secretariat continues to foster its relationship with international organisations and recognises their contributions in the development of the Caribbean Community.
Dissemination of information is critical to bringing awareness to and with CARICOM. Traditional media has its role in sharing information. However, with the advancement of technology, there are a number of new methods or systems whereby information can be accessed and shared in an instant.
In this regard, the CARICOM Single ICT Space and other regional initiatives will provide more opportunities for international cooperation, as well as more avenues for access to and sharing of information across the Region. There are already a number of ways that the CARICOM Secretariat shares information to the Community including websites and social media sites. The ICT for Development Programme at the CARICOM Secretariat will continue to share information on the CARICOM Single ICT Space so that the public is aware of its role in the development of the Single ICT Space, and its benefits to each sector.
The catastrophic hurricanes that ripped through Caribbean territories recently were likely to be the “new normal”, and provided the evidence of the reality of climate change, Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday.
The impact of the storms also pointed to the need for the Region to build greater resilience to face the new normal, Ambassador LaRocque said.
He was at the time delivering remarks at the opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on agriculture that convened Friday morning at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The Meeting is being held as the Region is grappling with the devastating effects of two Category Five Hurricanes – Irma and Maria – on some CARICOM Member States and Associate Members.
The Ministers of Agriculture have prioritised climate change, risk management, building resilience and climate smart agriculture agenda over the day long session.
“These climatic events of the past month were unprecedented. Never before have two category five storms ravaged the Region in one season. Never before has a hurricane moved from category one to category five inside 36 hours as Hurricane Maria did. Events like these are likely to be the new normal and provide proof positive of the reality of climate change”, the Secretary-General said.