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Planning minister talks climate change with UK High Commissioner

Published: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018
UK High Commissioner Tim Stew chats with Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis during a courtesy call hosted by the minister at the Eric Williams Financial Complex in Port-of-Spain.

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis recently hosted a courtesy call with Tim Stew, High Commissioner for the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to discuss matters pertaining to the environment and diversification, according to a release issued by the ministry.

The discussion were held at the Eric Williams Financial Complex in Port-Of-Spain yesterday.

In addressing climate change, head of the Multilateral Environmental Agreement Unit of the Ministry of Planning and Development, Kishan Kumarsingh, stated that Trinidad and Tobago was the first Caribbean island and second smallest island developing state to submit their commitments to Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris.

The release said: "This commitment means that T&T will have to reduce its accumulative emission by 15 per cent from industry, power generation and transport sector by 2020 from a business as usual baseline."

It added that T&T has not yet ratified the Paris agreement, but that the Government is :working on it assiduously."

As it pertains to coastal erosion, Robinson-Regis stated, “Relevant agencies are no longer working in siloes, as an integrated approach to coastal erosion management is being undertaken”.

The release noted that Tim Stew was "delighted" to hear that T&T would be nominating the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve to be included in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).

The QCC is a Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects.

"The QCC will mark Her Majesty the Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations." the release added

During the discussion on potential areas for further collaboration, the topic of diversification was mentioned.

Kieron Swift from the Economic Development Advisory Board highlighted that although there has been collaboration with the Cambridge University which produced a Diversification Strategy Roadmap, (DSR) additional support was always welcomed.

The Diversification road map has identified seven industries including the food and beverage, manufacturing and indigenous agricultural products, digital platforms and ICT-enabled services, maritime aviation and related services, creative industries, energy services, tourism, nearshore financial services.

Others areas discussed included: Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, sharing the UK’s recently launched clean growth strategy and sharing the UK’s recently launched industrial strategy

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