Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and The Caribbean Sea Commission (CSC) Symposium

23 - 24 November 2015, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The CSC was established by the ACS and partners in 2008 to “promote and oversee the sustainable use of the Caribbean Sea”. This symposium is geared towards facilitating dialogue amongst CSC members, and with entities similar to the CSC such as, the Helsinki Commission, with the aim of examining critical questions and sharing experiences to undertake joint actions towards the conservation and the protection of the Caribbean Sea. It is anticipated that the discussions will contribute to the strategy for the CSC, including activities that can be accomplished within the period 2015-2018 particularly around three main themes: a) the threat of Sargassum Seaweed, b) the erosion of the region’s coastal zones, c) the threat of invasive species such as the Lionfish.

Participants are expected from international bodies that occupy with the aforementioned themes, academics and investigators, Ministries of Environment and Foreign Affairs, likewise institutional donors. It is anticipated that this meeting will provide the environment in which the steps to be taken to address the pertinent issues impacting the Caribbean Sea can be defined and specific strategies to address these concerns can be developed.