Former Independent senator Angela Cropper has died. The Cropper Foundation, of which she was a co-founder and first president, made the announcement yesterday. She died in London yesterday after a protracted illness. She was 66.
The foundation said Cropper's passing was a loss to T&T, the Caribbean and the global community. It added: "In a career spanning over 39 years, she gave unstintingly of herself in public policy positions and in voluntary service in education, governance and the environment.
From 2001-2005 Cropper was co-chair of the Millennium Assessment Panel, a global programme to undertake a holistic scientific assessment of the state of eco-systems across the world. She was also co-ordinating lead author of the Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment.
Previously Cropper was senior adviser on environment and development at the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy; executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Head of Governance at the World Conservation Union.
In the 1980s she served as director of functional co-operation at the Caricom Secretariat and adviser in environment and in education to the Caricom secretary-general. She was also Caribbean representative of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region and project manager for the Eastern Caribbean in Population and Development.
She began her career in the 1970s as a research officer at the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute in Trinidad and was an active member of the Tapia House Movement. In 2000 Cropper and her husband, John, established the Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation through which they aimed to continue their work in sustainable development and better environmental and resource management.
The board of trustees and the staff of the Cropper Foundation extended their condolences to her family. Details of a memorial service to commemorate the life of Cropper will be announced. Tributes to Cropper can be left with the Cropper Foundation at http://angela.cropper.muchloved.com.