Building Sustainable Cities in the Caribbean

The Organization of American States in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Trinidad and the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) hosted the 2nd edition of the Sustainable Cities course on 1-5th December 2014 at the Normandie Hotel, Port of Spain. Dr. Perry Polar, Ms. Sarika Mahabir of CNULM attended the course while Dr. Asad Mohammed (Director) gave presentations. Participants were mainly local persons involved in aspects of planning and international participants from Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

The objective of the course was to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the different elements that contribute to the development of sustainable cities to government officials and members of civil society involved in planning processes and urban development. Specifically:

  • To provide state of the art knowledge of the set of systems involved in the urban setting combining social and physical science approaches;
  • To analyze case studies and identify best practices; and
  • To provide a firsthand experience regarding the benefits of green infrastructure, energy efficiency demonstration projects and sustainable transport systems through field visits.

Senator the Honourable Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, was the feature speaker at the opening and outlined the government’s approach to sustainable development including the growth pole strategy.

There were several presentations on the following modules primarily from local professionals.

  • Module I: Urban Sustainability and Smart Cities
  • Module II: Waste management, recycling and water resource management
  • Module III: Sustainable Transport and Mobility
  • Module IV: Resilience to Natural Hazards
  • Module V: Renewable energy and energy efficiency in the context of Sustainable Cities
  • Module VI: Built Environment and Sustainability

These are available at the following link:

OAS Course Content

A session to identify policy recommendations for Trinidad and Tobago was chaired by Dr. Polar based on the module themes and will be available shortly.

Webinar Series #1 : Food Security And Planning In The Commonwealth


DATE : 17th November 2014, 16:00:00 UTC/GMT

TIME: 8am British Columbia, 11am Ontario, 4 pm United Kingdom, 6pm South Africa, 7 pm Kenya, 3am (18th November) New South Wales, 5am (18th November) New Zealand

NOTE to Asia Pacific region: CAP will be delivering a follow-up webinar designed for an Asia – Pacific audience.


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Christine Platt, CAP President Welcome and background to the CAP webinar series
Clive Harridge, CAP Secretary– General Overview of CAP research projects including Food Security and webinar rules & procedures
Wayne Caldwell, PhD, RPP, MCIPDirector and Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada,, Commonwealth Food Security and Planning Work Group.


Ian Sinclair, FPIA

Principal Consultant, Edge Land Planning, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia,

Member of Food Security and Planning working Group. Presentation on “Feeding the City – Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Production for urban areas.”

Question & Answer Session
Christine Platt, CAP President Closing Words


The webinar will be recorded and posted on CAP website for those who cannot attend this session.


Schlumberger Foundation Call for Applications

schlum_foundation_FFTF-logoSchlumberger Foundation Call for Applications for the 2015-2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships.

The Foundation encourages you to recommend the fellowship to other women scientists who meet the eligibility criteria for this award, as you have done in the past.

We invite you to share this Call for Applications by circulating it to those of your colleagues who may also be interested in this grant program (i.e.: heads of financial aid departments, heads of STEM departments, communications departments…etc.)

The online application session will close on November 14th, 2014 for the 2015-2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact Eve Millon if you require any further information:

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Schlumberger Foundation & Faculty for the Future Program
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Understanding the Importance of Intellectual Property and Innovation in the Energy Sector

Dr. Perry Polar of the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) attended a Training Workshop on the Strategic Use of Intellectual Property in the Innovation Process: A Focus on Patents held at the Institute of Critical Thinking, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine between 30th June -4th July 2014.

The workshop was organized as part of activities under the EU ACP EDULINK CAP4INNO project Knowledge transfer capacity building for enhanced energy access & efficiency in the Caribbean ( which seeks to provide a solution to the challenges of energy access and efficiency through building the capacities of Caribbean HEIs to promote knowledge transfer, and offer relevant training programs to students and professionals of the sector. This workshop was conducted in conjunction with Partners: University of Alicante, Spain (UA), Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (CU), Instituto Technologico de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (INTEC), University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), The University of the West Indies (UWI), and Associates: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, Intellectual Property Office (T&T) and Officina Nacional Propiedad Industrial(Dominican Republic),and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO).

WIPO and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office presented the first 2 days of the Workshop, focussing on IP and the Use of Patent Databases for R&D and Innovation.  Days 3 to 5 were led by Chalmers University and the University of Alicante, and addressed the issue of how to teach innovation at Universities.

This project has synergies with the EU ACP EDULINK CarEnTrain project: Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in Built Environment Training and Research in the Caribbean which also seeks to review curriculum at UWI, UTech, University of Guyana, Anton de Kom University of Suriname in partnership with the University of Antwerp (Belgium) being managed by the CNULM.

For further information please contact Dr. Perry Polar (

Prof. Jacob Opadeyi (University of Guyana), Ms. Lois St. Brice (UWI), Dr. Perry Polar ( UWI), Far Left, Dr. Nigel Jalsa (UWI), Ms. Rachelle Sánchez (INTECH), Ms. Deborah Nunez (INTECH), Ms. Anne Jensen (DKPTO), Ms. Marissa Longsworth (JIPO), Dr. Andrew Isaacs (UTECH)

Community Land Rights in the “Zero Draft” of the Post-2015 Agenda

CaptureThe transformative potential of the Post-2015 development agenda/SDGs will depend on the extent to which they are able to address the structural factors that entrench continued poverty, human rights violations, gender inequality, exclusion, conflict, food insecurity and environmental degradation, among other issues.

Secure and equitable rights to land and natural resources have been flagged by many organizations as fundamental to the post-2015 agenda, and are reflected under several proposed goals in the OWG11“zero draft.” These include proposed goals on ending poverty, achieving food security, attaining gender equality, conserving and sustainably using marine resources, and conserving terrestrial ecosystems.

A particular omission in the “zero draft” is the failure to recognize that governance of tenure frequently occurs at the community level and is often organised according to local systems of customary law. These community based and customary tenure systems should be strengthened rather than fragmented, for the 370 million Indigenous Peoples for whom international instruments recognize distinct rights as well as for millions of other local communities around the world. Moreover, our attention should focus on tenure security for multiple rights holders, including under communal tenure regimes, rather than simply on individual assets.

The language suggested below supports the cross-cutting focus of land rights, while also integrating community-based tenure considerations that will be essential to realization of the post-2015 agenda.

Please note the document below includes the proposed text with subtractions and insertions.
Download: Community Land Rights Post 2015 – OWG12

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