Posted On: Monday, 21 May 2012 Last Updated: Monday, 21 May 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Monday 21st May, 2012)-A major environmental forum is set to be opened in the St. Kitts capital on Monday evening, attracting experts and other participants from throughout the Caribbean.
The Sixth Biennial Caribbean Environmental Forum and Exhibition,(CEF), which will focus on the Green Economy will take place in St. Kitts at the Marriott Resort Hotel from the 21st to 25th May.
The event is organised by the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI,) and a number of regional and international organisations.
The Ministry of Health in St. Kitts and Nevis, under the leadership of Marcella Liburd, is hosting the forum under the theme “The Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources.”
CEF 6 will be opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Sam Condor.
The conference will also feature addresses from high level Caribbean and international speakers such as, the Minister of Environment and Drainage of Barbados, Dr. Denis Lowe, the Minister of Agriculture from Guyana, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, who will address issues such as agriculture, science and technology, workforce preparation, the economic context and the role of the private sector and civil society.
CEF 6 is organised in collaboration with Clean Islands International (CII) (which is hosting the 16th Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference within the CEF), the United Nations Environment Programme Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP CAR RCU), the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), the International Water Association (IWA), The Caribbean Renewable Energy Programme (CREDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Support is being provided by the British High Commission for Barbados and the OECS. The event has attracted over two hundred persons from the Caribbean and internationally.
The public is also invited to a Movie night and a viewing of the Exhibition on Tuesday, 22nd May from 5:30 to 7:00pm and a Public Lecture on Wednesday 23rd May between 5:30 and 7:00pm on the subject, the Green Economy: what does it mean to people in the Caribbean