Caribbean Environmental Health Conference: Meeting Environmental Challenges in the Caribbean through Partnership

18 – 20 November, 2015, Saint Lucia

Environmental health officers and professionals from across the Caribbean region, working in core areas of sustainable development - health, environment, water, waste management, physical planning and finance - will meet in Saint Lucia to address the multi-sectoral developmental issues that threaten health, environment and socio-economic well-being from 18th – 20th November 2015.

The Caribbean Environmental Health Conference is being organized by the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Department (EHS) and takes place in Castries, Saint Lucia.

According to CARPHA, there is a great need to strengthen intersectoral collaboration between environmental health and other important economic sectors.  The meeting will enable information-sharing and serve as a think-tank for developing innovative, Caribbean-specific solutions to our environmental health and sustainable development challenges.

Among its objectives are: to review the implementation of environmental health component of the third phase of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health Initiative (CCH 3) and analyse its achievements and challenges; and, to develop recommendations of environmental health component for CCH 3.

The United Nations Environment Progamme’s Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP CAR RCU) and the Global Environment Facility-funded Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (GEF CReW) Project are providing support for this meeting.  Christopher Corbin, Assessment of Marine Pollution (AMEP) Programme Officer, UNEP CAR/RCU, will make a presentation on treated wastewater as a resource and will highlight the relevant work of the GEF CReW Project in addition to the upcoming Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management (GEF IWEco) Project.