Inter-Ministerial and Experts Conference on Biosphere Reserves in the Caribbean Sub-Region: Tools for Sustainable Development and Growth

© St Kitts and Nevis National Commission for UNESCO. Participants of the Inter-Ministerial and Experts Conference on Biosphere Reserves in the Caribbean Sub-Region

Organized by the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis and the MAB Programme this conference took place in St. Kitts & Nevis from 26 to 27 March 2013.

The objective of this event was to facilitate discussions on the identification of appropriate locations for new biosphere reserves as well as their integration with the local/national sustainable development and adaptation to climate change plans.

During the conference an action plan for the next three years was established with the aim to create a network of biosphere reserves in the Caribbean Small Islands States and to promote biosphere reserves as tools for innovative projects bringing added value to the local socio-economical activities.

© Miguel Clüsener-Godt. From left to right: Hon. Ian Hayles (Member of Parliament of Jamaica), Hon. Nigel Carty of St. Kitts & Nevis, Hon. Kingston of Antigua & Barbuda, Hon. Silveria Jacobs, and Hon. Dr. Kenneth Darroux of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

At a press conference after the meeting, the Ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Maarten and government representatives of Curaçao, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines announced their commitment to work together in the establishment of biosphere reserves in their countries.

The St. Kitts & Nevis Declaration was also agreed upon by all ministers, UNESCO representatives and experts to that effect. Including empowering UNESCO to identify and secure extra-budgetary funds to facilitate the Caribbean island states to execute the action plan.

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