Strengthening Caribbean Conservation

05 May 2009 | News story

Leaders in the fields of conservation and sustainable development are meeting in Trinidad this week to find ways to strengthen collaboration between the Caribbean island nations and IUCN.

IUCN’s Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre is visiting Trinidad and Tobago accompanied by Dr Spencer Thomas, the Union’s Regional Councillor for the Caribbean and Dr Grethel Aguilar, Regional Director for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. The visit follows the launch, at the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress, of a new Caribbean Initiative which will allow IUCN to work with its members and partners in the region on a range of issues including species conservation, renewable energy and climate change adaptation.

This visit also coincides with a meeting in Port of Spain of representatives from the IUCN membership in the Caribbean which includes government agencies, non-governmental organisations and individual experts. Participants from the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago are discussing the formation of a regional Committee and to see how increased collaboration could strengthen efforts in conservation and sustainable development in the region.

While in Port of Spain, Marton-Lefèvre will meet with government officials, civil society leaders and regional institutions, including the Association of Caribbean States, to exchange experiences and explore opportunities for collaboration. A field visit has also been organised to allow delegates to observe and learn from conservation activities underway in this country.

For more information or to set up interviews please contact:
Brian Thomson, IUCN Global Communications, m +41 79 721 8326; e brian.thomson@iucn.org
Yves Renard, Task Leader, IUCN Caribbean Initiative, m +1 758 716 3737; e caribbean@iucn.org