NSUS Annual Policy Meeting

The NSUS Project Annual Policy Meeting is an opportunity to involve academics, policy makers and stakeholders in a discussion about strategic priorities related to urban and land management in the Caribbean.

This year’s meeting titled ‘Establishing a Policy and Research Agenda for the Urban Sector in the Caribbean‘, is focused on building an urban agenda for the Caribbean which responds to the most pressing development, infrastructure and institutional challenges in the region.

Two papers have been drafted as part of the activities of this project and will be presented as part of the working sessions throughout this meeting.  The first of which, formally a working policy paper titled Towards A Caribbean Urban Agenda’ by; Hebe Verrest, Asad Mohammed and Sarah Moorcroft, explores critical issues in urban and land management and attempts to identify priority themes to direct academic, policy and professional activities in the Caribbean. The second paper, formally a technical working paper titled; Strengthening the Development and Application of Urban Profiling Methodologies: A Review of Urban Profiling in the Caribbean‘ by Asad Mohammed and Dellarue Howard reviews some international urban assessment methodologies and brings forward especially relevant themes, indicators and suggestions for the creation of a Caribbean urban profiling tool.

For detailed information including the official programs and information about the presentations and working sessions of this meeting you can download the NSUS annual meeting program.  To find out more about the NSUS project, you can navigate towards our NSUS Project Page where you can find photo-galleries, publications and links to other databases.


Stakeholders Have Their Say in T&T’s Energy future

Stakeholders Have their Say in Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Future

Trinidad and Tobago has historically been an energy based economy. However, the hydrocarbon resources have declined over the years and the sector has been affected by global trends. The energy industry has also had a large impact on the environment including Trinidad and Tobago being the 7th highest carbon emitter per capita in the world.

As a result, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has embarked on a series of National Consultations on Energy, in an effort to get the input of the citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago on how best to reshaping the energy sector so as to ensure its sustainability. The theme of these consultations is: “Re-fueling T&T’s Economic Engine: A New Policy for Energy 2011-2015,” and runs from January 11th – February 28th 2011.

Starting in San Fernando, the energy capital of Trinidad and Tobago, the consultations focused on oil and mineral extraction, gas pricing and utilization, green energy economy, improving human resource capacity, energy security and governance issues. There were numerous technical presentation around which stakeholder comments were based.  Some presentations focused not only on Trinidad & Tobago but also on the wider Caribbean. Some interesting information included:

  • Overview of T&T’s oil and gas reserves
  • Extent of government subsidies of local fuel
  • Gas based markets
  • Renewable energy projects in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean
  • T&T’s incentives for using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in vehicles and the new technology
  • T&T’s incentives for improving energy efficiency
  • School project on using cesspits to produce methane for cooking

You can read the presentations at http://www.energy.gov.tt/national_energy_policy_consultations.php?mid=157