Meeting of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group (GE ALG)
May 1st – 3rd 2013
Earlier this month, a blueSpace Project Coordinator, attended a Meeting of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group in Saint Lucia. The meeting was hosted by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), a non-profit organization that operates in St. Lucia, St. Croix and Trinidad & Tobago. Under the CANARI Green Economy Strategic Programme, a vision to create a new model of economic development that ensures natural resources are conserved and distributed in an equitable manner is being developed. CANARI is currently working towards the goal of sustainable development in the Caribbean along with various partners such as blueSpace – The Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) and The Green Economy Coalition.
The Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group is a collaborative research programme that is supported by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Areas that the research programme has aimed to explore include: the structure and character of the Caribbean economy, the potential benefits of a green economy, and the role of governments in moving towards the green economy. The three day meeting included partners from Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, the U.K. and the U.S.A. that are experts in various fields related to developing green economies.
A presentation was made based on a draft report titled “The Green Urban Economy in the Caribbean” by Dr. Asad Mohammed, Anya Thomas (CARICOM) and Martha J. Arthur (CARICOM) to the members of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group. The presentation was under the research programme’s priority area for action research concerning sustainable urban development. The importance of developing the Caribbean Urban Agenda as it can assist in facilitating the development of a green economy. The urbanization of the Caribbean is expected steadily increase which provides an opportunity to improve the urban sector.
Currently the research programme is near the end of phase one and the Action Learning Group has further refined the vision for a green economy based on previous dialogue and work completed in the Caribbean. To learn more about the CANARI Green Economy strategic programme, visit their website www.canari.org