CDB seminars to focus on resilience, air transport, blue economy

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will bring together government officials, experts and thought leaders for three interactive seminars during the 48th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors in Grenada. Discussants will address three topics: building resilient cities; the blue economy; and regional air transport during the events, which are scheduled to take place on May 30 and 31, 2018, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort.

After a devastating 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Bank designed the Meeting to include a forum for discussing ‘Building Resilient Cities’. The seminar will provide a preview of the Bank’s Urban Sector Policy and discuss solutions to, and progress made in addressing the Region’s urban sector challenges.

Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, will deliver an opening keynote address, which will be followed by a panel discussion. The discussion will be chaired by Gabby Crane, Team Lead, Regional Development Banks, United Kingdom Department for International Development. She will be joined by panellists Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Premier, Turks and Caicos Islands; Dr. Janice Cumberbatch, Lecturer, University of the West Indies; Leonard Francis, Director, Spatial Planning Division, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica; and Cavon White, Operations Officer, CDB.   (more…)

Caribbean Fisheries Ministers endorse protocol for securing small-scale fisheries

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, WEDNESDAY, 23 May 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries Ministers have endorsed a newly drafted protocol on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the region. The endorsement came at the recently concluded 12th Regular Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), held in Montserrat on Friday, 18 May, 2018,

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, noted that small-scale fisheries are the mainstay of the fisheries industry, both in the Region and around the globe. He said that small-scale fisheries account for more than 95% of fisheries in CARICOM and are vital for food security and employment, particularly in coastal communities. Globally, it accounts for 90% of all the fisheries produced, Haughton said.

He explained that the Protocol had been developed within the framework of the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), accepted by CRFM Member States in 2014. The protocol, which addresses principles and standards for securing and strengthening small-scale fisheries, is the first protocol under the CCCFP, he added.

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Rich variety of life on earth essential – UN SG marking biological diversity day

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday.

Since December 1993, when the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force, its parties have acted to conserve the earth’s flora and fauna, in a sustainable and fair way, said the UN chief.

“Achieving these objectives is integral to meet our goals for sustainable development,” Mr. Guterres stressed, underscoring the importance of protecting, restoring and ensuring access to ecosystems to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger: Goals 1 and 2 of what are known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To mitigate climate change, he notes that deforestation and land degradation must be reduced while at the same time, enhancing carbon stocks in forests, drylands, rangelands and croplands.

He said it was also critical to protect the biodiversity of forests and watersheds to support clean and plentiful water supplies.

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Caribbean Fisheries Ministers meet Friday

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, THURSDAY, 17 May 2018 (CRFM)—Caribbean Fisheries Ministers from  Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) meet on Friday in Montserrat. The Ministers are expected to consider management plans for two vital fisheries, a protocol on small-scale fisheries and a policy on gender equality mainstreaming at their 12th Meeting.

The Hon. David Osborne, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment in Montserrat, will assume chairmanship of the CRFM Ministerial Council. He succeeds the Hon. Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana.

The Ministers will be asked to approve the Sub-Regional Fisheries Management Plan for Blackfin Tuna, and the management plan for fisheries conducted using fish aggregating devices (FAD), which is a growing fishery in the Region. (more…)

COTED plays crucial role in advancing integration – CARICOM SG

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said matters under consideration at the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) presented an opportunity to provide solutions that would advance the regional integration movement.

He was speaking on Wednesday morning at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, during the opening session of the Forty-Sixth Meeting of the COTED.

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