5th Entry - 31 October

Posted by Sean Chedda at Jan 22, 2015 01:37 PM |
Filed under: ,
In the month of October I had the opportunity to attend an environmental conference and a workshop specific to Jamaica.

The workshop promoted the launch of the 3rd Biennial Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and highlighted plans of action to adapt to climate change in Jamaica. Several ministerial and agency representatives were present to provide information on what their ministries are planning in regards to this topic. Dr. Arun Kashyap, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative and Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, opened the session with references to Jamaica’s commitment to supporting efforts to minimize the future impacts of climate change in Jamaica.

At a second event hosted by the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation, I was able to observe grassroots efforts which oppose the proposed site of a major transshipment port to be built by China Harbour Engineering Company, in one of Jamaica’s designated protected areas, Goat Islands, which forms a part of the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA). The author of the study, Aaron Bruner from Conservation Strategy Fund provided economic evidence for alternative possible sites for this new port. Two Members of Parliament were in attendance and commented on the proposal and their commitment to encourage consideration by Parliament.

Challenges Faced
This month was challenging because I have taken over some duties of a permanent staff member on leave, and I feel increased pressure to take on new duties and work longer hours even though I am still an unpaid intern.

Lessons Learned
Good work will be rewarded with even more work of a much higher level!