Environment officials from across the Caribbean Community, Caricom, are meeting here this week to identify ways in which local resources could be used to fund biodiversity programmes, to lessen the dependence on outside assistance.
This is one of the main objectives of a four-day meeting now under way at the City View Hotel.
The seminar is in collaboration with Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (SCBD), the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.
Project Coordinator at the Caricom Secretariat, Dr Therese Yarde said the forum is to provide capacity building for participants and support countries implementation of the internationally agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2010.
“The convention on biological diversity requires all countries in the Caribbean, and across the world, to develop national plans for the management of their biodiversity, and it also requires them to develop resource mobilisation strategy to indicate where support for that is coming from, in terms of money,” Yarde said yesterday.
All Caricom member states, as parties to the convention on biological diversity are expected to prepare National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), and accompanying Resource Mobilisation Strategies.
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