Regional CARICOM Environmental Policy Consultation August 24, 2017

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has developed a Draft Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Draft Environment Action Plan, 2017-2022. The Policy has been formulated with the awareness that unsustainable use of resources could undermine regional sustainable development options within the context of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. It proposes a structure for environmental and natural resources management in CARICOM, balancing the need to exploit the land, air, water and oceans for economic development while maintaining healthy environments in the Community.
CARICOM in collaboration with the Environmental Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development hosted a Regional Consultation to gather comments and consensus on both the Policy and Action Plan. This information will be used to advance the process towards presenting the Policy Framework to the CARICOM Ministers of Environment, and to build regional ownership of the CARICOM Environmental Policy.  This was scheduled for August 24, 2017 at the Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre, Port-of-Spain.
Please see below for the Permanent Secretary's statement at the launch of the consultation.