Guadeloupe Seeks Valuable Environmental Partnership With BVI

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Officials from the Government of the Virgin Islands with the delegation from Guadeloupe (from left to right) Acting Deputy Secretary, Joseph Smith-Abbott; Guadeloupe Consultant, Frederic Gerard; Environment Chief of the Department of Environment, Government of Guadeloupe, Marguerite Joyau; Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering; Representative of the Guadeloupe Regional Council in Brussels, Cyrielle Cuirassier; Guadeloupe Consultant, Anthony Maragnes and Assistant Secretary External Affairs at Office of the Premier, Najan Christopher.

Officials from the Government of the Virgin Islands with the delegation from Guadeloupe (from left to right) Acting Deputy Secretary, Joseph Smith-Abbott; Guadeloupe Consultant, Frederic Gerard; Environment Chief of the Department of Environment, Government of Guadeloupe, Marguerite Joyau; Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering; Representative of the Guadeloupe Regional Council in Brussels, Cyrielle Cuirassier; Guadeloupe Consultant, Anthony Maragnes and Assistant Secretary External Affairs at Office of the Premier, Najan Christopher.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola (GIS) — The Regional Council of Guadeloupe have expressed interest in collaborating with the Government of the Virgin Islands in sharing best practices and technical expertise to address shared environmental matters while proposing actions and solutions.

Several areas were outlined for collaboration during meetings held in the Virgin Islands last month, including; biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, the management of national marine reserves and protected area systems and the use and deployment of alternative energy technologies to increase resilience and reduce fossil fuel use.

A significant area of partnership discussed between the Regional Council of Guadeloupe and the Government of the Virgin Islands is in the organisation of the international meeting on biodiversity and climate change in the European Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories.

The meeting which is organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the European Commission, the French Government, the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories and the International Union for Conservation of Nature during the month of October 2014 will contribute to the definition of an action plan to effectively respond to environmental challenges through the identification of opportunities for collaboration. Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering, addressed the delegates and disclosed that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour has looked into several options, for the best way forward in terms of environmental management, including climate change. “We look forward to the outcomes of this beneficial partnership to progress our Territory and keep us on the cutting edge of environmental protection and management.” He said.

Environment Chief of the Department of Environment, Regional Council of Guadeloupe, Mrs. Marguerite Joyau said that she was pleased to realise the beginning of such advantageous collaboration in the realm of the natural environment. “This type of synergy multiplies each Territory’s chances for success and making the best decisions. I am excited to get the conversation going and maintain the sharing of intelligence as we, small islands states, decipher and interpret various environmental enigmas as the times change.” She added.

Other delegates from the Regional Council of Guadeloupe attending the meeting were Representative of the Guadeloupe Regional Council in Brussels, Cyrielle Cuirassier and Consultants to the Council; Antony Maragnes and Frederic Gerard. The meetings took place on August 20 and 21. Discussion were held on topics including opportunities for collaboration on environmental matters and information sharing and the upcoming 2014 Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Ministerial Conference 13th OCT-EU Forum. The Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE is currently the Chairman of OCTA that represents 26 Overseas Countries and Territories within the European Union and will host the 2014 OCTA Ministerial Conference 13th OCT-EU Forum in late 2014 in Guadeloupe.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour endeavours to effectively manage and administer the Territory’s natural resources in a manner that ensure long-term sustainability.

 

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