OECS Invasive Species Regional Consultation held in Saint Lucia
The Regional Consultation, convened by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, was held at the Green Bay Gardens Hotel in Saint Lucia from 25 to 26 February 2015.
The issue of invasive species is becoming critical given the threats it poses to the economic, social, health and environmental well-being of the OECS region. The threats, which are both to the terrestrial and marine environments, are also closely linked to climate change and the OECS also intends to explore resilience building and adaptation efforts to climate change as it relates to invasive species.
The Consultation assessed the gaps, challenges, priorities and capacity building needs regarding invasive species. The OECS Commission, through the Reducing Risk to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) project in collaboration with the Ocean Governance Unit conducted the consultation with approximately 30 leaders from different sectors, such as fisheries, agriculture/forestry, tourism, maritime in the member states and beyond to draw on their expertise. This will include:
- Academic institutions,
- Government agencies and national and local authorities
- International, regional, sub-regional authorities.
UNEP CEP was represented by SPAW RAC and RAC REMPEITC.