First Global Steering Committee Meeting of ProEcoServ, 21st and 22nd May, 2012, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

One month before world leaders come together to talk about the green economy at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Trinidad and Tobago will host two important meetings focusing on the linkages between nature and the economy. The Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ), funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Facility (GEF), will hold its first Global Steering Committee meeting in Port of Spain on 21 and 22 May 2012. This will be followed by a meeting of local and international experts on 23 and 24 May 2012 to discuss the challenges of and approaches to mainstreaming ecosystem services into development policy making.

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ProEcoServ Trinidad and Tobago National Inception Workshop Meeting, Port of Spain, 07 February 2012

ProEcoServ was launched in Trinidad and Tobago on 7 February 2012. More than 40 representatives of government agencies, the private sector and civil society took part in this high-level event, which was designed to raise awareness about the project among key stakeholders and generate a discussion around its purpose, objectives, approach and benefits to the country. 

The keynote address was delivered by the Minister of Planning and the Economy, Senator Dr. The Hon. Bhoendradatt Tewarie. Remarks were delivered on behalf of the Minister of the Housing and the Environment and the Tobago House of Assembly. All three agencies publicly reiterated their commitment to the project. Project overview presentations were given by the ProEcoServ Project Manager, Mr. S. Ersin Essen and the Trinidad and Tobago National Coordinator, Professor John Agard and project team member Alexander Girvan. 

ProEcoServ is being welcomed in Trinidad and Tobago as an opportunity for marrying scientific research with policy to improve planning and national accounting.
There is an emerging discussion in the country about the environmental costs of its development model and government representative at the launch  noted the timeliness of the ProEcoServ initiative and the possibility it offers for changing the way the country  plan for its future. Dr. Tewarie announced that the country’s next National Development Plan will include biodiversity and ecosystem services valuation, and will be informed by ProEcoServ’s research.

Newspaper Article on ProEcoServ Launch

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