CCI and CBF hold joint week of meetings

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By Latrishka Thomas

The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) and Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) are currently conducting a week of meetings with the intention of meeting two main goals — the protection and effective management of 20 percent of the marine and coastal environment, and the sustainable financing needed for said protection.

Many regional and international environmental stakeholders have gathered at the Jolly Beach Resort to share practices that are best for preserving protected areas

The Senior Environment Officer and Technical Coordinator in the Department of the Environment, Helena Jeffery-Brown, shared with OBSERVER media, the significance of the week of activities which began on Sunday and will continue until Thursday, June 20th.

“What I think we enjoy about these meetings is that all the countries come together and share their experiences so at the end of the day we get to learn about best practices; what’s worked, what hasn’t worked and share ideas in terms of how to manage our marine protected areas and how to find ways, innovative ways that we can sustainably finance them,” Jeffery-Brown said.

Also present at one of the meetings held yesterday was Asha Frank, one of the directors and founders of Barbudan Go — a non-Governmental Organization formed in 2018.

According to Frank, the organisation was formed because of a huge need for the strengthening and the development of civil society in Barbuda, to assist the council especially after the 2017 hurricane.

Frank revealed that Barbuda has already achieved one of the goals of CCI and CBF.

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