Focus on Environmental Issues Affecting Land and Ocean at Global Conference

Environmental issues affecting the land and ocean and their inter-connectedness, will be the focus of some 250 delegates attending the Second Global Conference on Land-Ocean connections in Montego Bay, St. James.

Staged by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the conference is being held from October 2 to 4, at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel, under the theme: ‘Building Bridges through Partnerships’.  The delegates are representing approximately 70 different countries.

According to a conference document, the overall purpose of the event is to emphasize the inter-connectedness of activities on land and how they impact on the ocean, with a focus on pollution prevention, reduction and control, while proposing ways to address these impacts, through international and regional co-operation.     

There will be a focus on the three priority source categories, namely marine litter, nutrients and wastewater.

Delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the conference, Minister of  Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, emphasized that any approach to successfully manage the environment must recognize and take into account the strong, yet complex, link between activities on land, including land use and planning, and the marine and coastal environments.

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