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.