Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange opened the Caribbean SIDS –Roadmap to Biosphere Nomination: a Sub-Regional MAB participation programme workshop. The Honourable Minister who is also chair for JNC-UNESCO, has urged the National Commissions for UNESCO across the region to protect the biodiversity in their respective countries. The Minister said this was particularly urgent for our region which is vulnerable to hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes. As a means of tackling the situation, the Minister called for an acceleration of the programme to establish Biosphere Reserves across the Caribbean. Biosphere Reserves are ‘Science for Sustainability support sites’ – special places for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity. Minister Grange also said that Jamaica would use its position on the UNESCO Executive Board to push support for nations in our region towards their establishment and declaration of Biosphere Reserves.
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