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Contact: Kerwin Xavier


Thursday, June 9, 2011 – The co-existence between development, environmental preservation and wealth is the message which has been coming from the Ministry of Physical Development and the Environment for years now.


To this end the ministry the second National Environment and Development Forum in collaboration with the National Environment Commission as part of this year's World Environment Day Celebration to drive the message home.   Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer, Crispin D' Auvergne, says this latest initiative is to further sensitize on the concept of a green economy.


“We are holding our second National Development and Environment Forum under the theme:  ‘Walking the Path, Towards a Green Economy’.

“Really the idea is to sensitize people about the whole concept of a green economy which is really moving your production, your consumption and your waste management towards one that is clean and sustainable, whilst creating meaningful employment and still generating the kind of  social wealth and capital that is required for us to progress  and achieve and maintain an adequate  quality of life.” 


According to d' Auvergne Saint Lucia's continued existence is hinged on the public’s understanding and adoption of the concept of a “Green Economy”. 


“I think moving towards a green economy will help us diversify our economy, preserve and maintain our beautiful yet fragile natural environment, and will allow for research development and the application of appropriate science and technology.

“It will also help us to move towards a more socially equitable and economically sustainable society.”    


Local stakeholders are joined by their Barbados counterparts along with representatives of the Trinidad & Tobago based Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) at the Saint Lucia meeting which is being held today Thursday June 9, 2011.


 As a demonstration of the participants’ commitment to a green economy, the forum will be a paperless meeting, meaning there will be no distribution of physical documents.

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