COPIL in Jamaica in October 2019

COPIL in Jamaica in October 2019

2nd CARIB-COAST COPIL: The Caribbean network on coastal risks facing climate change

October 8-10, 2019

The 2nd project steering committee was held from Monday 8 to Thursday 10 October in Jamaica with the experts from the different Caribbean countries involved. The project partners met for the first two days to discuss internally during technical sessions. A public press conference took place on Wednesday October 9 during which a panel of experts and politicians were able to express their views on the subject’s interest in the area:

  • Mr Pearnel CHARLES Jnr, Minister for Economic Growth and Job Creation of Jamaica
  • Ambassador M. Denys WIBAUX, French Embassy in Jamaica
  • Gabrio MARINOZZI, European Delegation in Jamaica,
  • Mrs Cherise TROTMAN, Association of Caribbean States;
  • Mr Ywenn DE LA TORRE, Director BRGM Guadeloupe;
  • Dr Parris LYEW-AYEE Jr, Director Mona Geoinformatics Institute
  • Mr Pearnel CHARLES Jnr, Minister for Economic Growth and Job Creation of Jamaica, stressed the importance of the work:

« Most of Jamaica’s economy is located on the coast: 60% of the population lives there and 90% of the products are transported by sea. We can no longer be content to talk about these subjects as if they were far away. »

On Thursday October 10, a training session on coastal monitoring techniques took place. It brought together fifteen local players, notably from the NEPA (National Environment and Planning Agency), the Port Authority of Jamaica and the Negril Chamber of Commerce.

The next committee will be held in the first quarter of the year. We will keep you informed of the advances and concrete tools put in place for better monitoring of coastal risks.