Port of Spain, Trinidad, April 29, 2020 – The Organisation of Eastern States (OECS) Commission held a webinar to present its draft OECS Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan and seek input from stakeholders.

The OECS Council of Ministers – Environmental Sustainability (COMES), in July 2018, mandated that the Commission pursue the development of a Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan, which would provide a more structured framework for implementation of a holistic, sustainable economic development plan for the region.  This is being developed in collaboration with the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI).

The webinar was held on April 23, and the Draft Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan were presented by the author, Mr McHale Andrew (see presentation).  It proposes a definition of green-blue economy as “an economically viable, climate resilient, economy that is based largely on sustainable domestic production and inward investment and pursues long-term prosperity for its entire population, in particular its most vulnerable, through socio-economic inclusiveness, responsible management of its coastal, marine and terrestrial ecological resources, and transparent, participatory governance.”

Development of the Draft Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan built upon a 2018 diagnostic study by Mr Andrew for the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) entitled Exploring opportunities for transformation to inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies in the Eastern Caribbean (see the report and the accompanying policy brief).  This was also published by the Green Economy Coalition (GEC) and CANARI as a separate Eastern Caribbean Green Economy Barometer (see here).

The OECS Commission is inviting stakeholders to submit their comments, which can be submitted to [email protected].


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