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Regional experts to sharpen enviro communication

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Environmental experts from across the region are expected to meet in Kingston next week to work on improving the way they communicate environmental data with policymakers so as to ensure continued sustainable development in the region.

The meeting, the Second Technical Meeting of the Latin America and Caribbean Initiative for Sustainable Development Caribbean Working Group on Environmental Indicators, is scheduled for September 4-6, 2018 at the Knutsford Court Hotel.

The UN Environment office in Jamaica said the three-day meeting will engage participants on improving their ability to gather, process and present data to report on the state of the environment, with particular focus on and specific issues relating to waste management, ocean health and disaster risk reduction.

“Environmental indicators are important for measuring the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean Region,” says Francesco Gaetani, programme officer at the UN Environment Latin America and Caribbean Office.

“With these indicators, countries are able to celebrate their advances, implement innovations to ensure their continued success and share experiences to assist other countries to strengthen their progress towards a sustainable environment for their citizens,” she adds.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investments, Daryl Vaz, is expected to address the opening ceremony. Chief Executive Officer of National Environment and Planning Agency Peter Knight is also on the list of speakers, as are head of UN Environent's Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, Vincent Sweeney, and environmental analyst in Brazil's Ministry of Environment, Juliana Guedes da Costa.