Written by George Grant on February 21, 2015
OECS TO FORMULATE A DRAFT PROGRAMME OF ACTION TO ADDRESS INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES
OECS Commission, Castries — Over thirty-five persons from across the region will assemble at a regional consultation next week to discuss the issue of Invasive Alien Species, and how it affects the region’s environment.
The consultation to be convened by the OECS Commission will be held at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Saint Lucia on February 25 and 26, 2015, and will draw on the experience of regional agencies, who are frontrunners in the battle against this growing threat. Participants for the workshop will represent a slew of government agencies from sectors such as fisheries, agriculture, forestry, oceans and maritime affairs.
The issue of invasive species is becoming critical given the threats it poses to the economic, social, health and environmental wellbeing of the OECS region. The threats, which are both to the terrestrial and marine environments, are also closely linked to climate change; and the OECS also intends to explore resilience building and adaptation efforts to climate change as it relates to invasive species.
The regional consultation will therefore seek to assess the gaps, challenges, priorities and capacity building with respect to invasive species. At the end of the two days, the OECS hopes to achieve a draft Programme of Action on invasive species, which will also include policy and institutional strengthening requirements.
The workshop is funded under the USAID RRACC Project, which is being implemented by the OECS Commission. The RRACC Project is a five-year developmental project which was launched in 2011 to assist OECS governments with building resilience through the implementation of climate change adaptation measures.