Sustainability Conference set to begin today in Statia

Keynote speaker Liz Thompson (second right) with Brian B.J. Been of Turks and Caicos, Jackie Lopes of STDF Airport Information, Jennifer Daw, and Carmen Nova of Island Essence.


ST. EUSTATIUS–The sixth annual Sustainability Conference is set to begin at Mike van Putten Youth Centre in St. Eustatius today, Wednesday. During the two-day conference, attendees will also have the opportunity to experience Thursday’s Taste of Culture, which features a wide range of delicious foods from many nationalities.

  St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) has teamed up with Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI), St. Eustatius National Parks Stenapa, GLOBE Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean Public Health Foundation, and St. Eustatius Business Association (STEBA) to organise the conference, which will be held this year under the theme: “Sustainability; a tool for development.”

  Attendees will share their knowledge and expertise in a range of topics, including tourism and sustainable practices, how to think “Go Green,” climate change, sustainable coastal management, health is wealth, water and energy, and water efficiency.

Liz Thompson will be this year’s conference keynote speaker. Local, regional and international speakers that will be speaking at the conference are Tanya Stiffler, Amanda Charles, Brian Been, George Works, Dr. Leighton Naraine, Han Lindeboom, Fred Cuvalay, Terrence Smith, Jennifer Daw, Loreto Duffy-Mayers and Christine Young.

  Jessica Berkel, Carlyle Tearr, Brian Carty, Irwin Jack and Maldwyn Timber will be holding a panel discussion and Sjahairah Fleming will conduct a special presentation.

  The conference affords attendees the opportunity to take part in networking, sharing great experiences and professional development and personal growth opportunities, organisers said.

Source: The Daily Herald