Investment Never Looked Better

28 Apr 2017

The Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability (COMES) of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) met in Grenada this week to address regional environmental issues.

The meeting, held under the theme “Accelerating Sustainable Development: Addressing Challenges and Creating Opportunities,” was chaired by Sen. Hon. Simon Stiell, Minister of State Responsible for Human Resource Development and the Environment, Grenada.

Dr. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, and Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS Commission also addressed the gathering.

At the meeting, OECS environment ministers considered a number of matters, including improving the region’s ability to access available climate finance, transitioning to an ocean-based (blue) economy, and promoting renewable energy development.

As a part of the meeting, ministers also visited the coral gardening project in the Grand Anse Bay, Grenada, where UN Environment is working closely with the Government of Grenada to rebuild a damaged reef by replanting coral. Reinforcing the reef that protects the Grand Anse Bay will prevent further loss of the beach, which is one of Grenada’s premier tourism assets.

It is the hope that the Coastal Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) project will improve understanding among national stakeholders on the multiple benefits that are provided to local communities, and the national economy, from their coastal ecosystems, and of the need to protect these valuable assets to help reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts.

The 4th meeting of the COMES was preceded by the first Sub-Regional Structured Dialogue in the Eastern Caribbean with the Green Climate Fund, held in Grenada from April 24 to 26. It is expected that both meetings will provide concrete outcomes and recommendations that will contribute to the sustainable development of the sub-region through improved environmental management, increased sustainability practices, and minimized vulnerability. The meetings also offered an opportunity to strengthen regional partnerships in environment-related matters.