Statement at the launch of CARICOM's National Environmental Policy Consultation

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.
In an effort to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago’s national interests are represented in the Regional Policy, CARICOM iworked with the Environmental Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development to host a National 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 conducted on August 21-22, 2017 at the Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre, Port-of-Spain.

Please see the full statement below.