Time to go green
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill urged regional policymakers and the private sector alike to embrace the possibilities inherent in effecting green economy activities.
Embracing the so-called “triple bottom-line” would do much to advance and sustain economic, environmental and social well-being, he told a regional confab in New Kingston.
“The notion of the green economy embodies key concepts such as low carbon development, resource efficiency and social justice and equity,” said Pickersgill.
“These are concepts which are imperative to addressing issues related to poverty eradication and long-term sustainability. Indeed, the transformation to a green economy demands new approaches to the development of fiscal and policy tools to facilitate the creation of incentives for accelerated green growth”.
The Caribbean Conference on the Green Economy kicked off Monday and is due to wrap up today.
Pickersgill said the green business opportunities available within individual countries and the wider region should continuously be promoted within the international markets to foster greater green investments. He said several countries in the Caricom bloc are already ahead in the implementation of green economy policies, with commendations to Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and Guyana for pursuing low carbon development strategies.
The environment minister also reported that Jamaica is one of three pilot countries under the UNEP-EU regional project “Advancing Caribbean States’ Sustainable Development through Green Economy”. He said several activities have been undertaken including the preparation of a Green Economy Scoping Study which focused on six key economic sectors, namely agriculture, water, tourism, energy, health and construction.
The three day conference is a joint collaboration of the United Nations Environment Programme and the University of the West Indies, with support of the European Union.