Environmental Boost-NCU and NEPA sign MOU
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow for joint publications, documents and papers and thesis originating with respective entities to be evaluated, peer reviewed and assessed.
This announcement came during the university's Research Week 2015 in which it was divulged that both entities will share information regarding research, conservation and development processes as well as foster new research, environmental and sustainable development opportunities.
Dr Trevor Gardner, president of NCU, in affirming its commitment to the MOU, said managing the environment has become commensurately important and in keeping with the university's core values of stewardship, he anticipates that the partnership will yield multiple rewards in helping to protect the environment.
"As a country, we have abused the environment through ignorance, greed and selfishness. As resources become increasingly limited ... we must exercise the requisite care for nature by our efforts to preserve the natural resources of this country," Gardner said.
Meanwhile, Anthony McKenzie, director, Environmental Management and Conservation division at NEPA, indicated that the MOU has not only strengthened the organisations research base, but has also allowed them to use empirical data and evidence-based information to make better decisions.
"NEPA did not hesitate to enter into this partnership with NCU based on the positive experience of other partnerships within academia. NCU is known for its research prowess, especially in the use of local and indigenous material. This partnership will not only cover joint programmes, but will also collaborate on research projects and technology innovations. It will also include facilitating joint income-generating projects as well as joint fund sponsorship," McKenzie said.
Some areas of cooperation under the MOU include management of natural resources, biodiversity, land use planning; ecosystem classification and profiling; environmental models and simulations, hazard mapping and GIS and data management.