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Sep 21 2022 - Dec 07 2022
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Environmental Problems & Solutions in Small Island Developing States | Online Seminar Series

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are vulnerable to the environmental impacts of tourism, industrial development, urbanization and agriculture, as well as climate change. Island nations in the Caribbean are among the most vulnerable regions in the world to the effects of climate change, with more frequent and intense hurricanes being the most devastating example.  Other environmental problems facing SIDS in the Caribbean include dwindling water resources, the effects of inadequate treatment of sewage, unsustainable tourism practices, overfishing, an over-reliance on non-renewable sources of energy, and an expanding range of vector borne diseases.  Through a series of 13 on-line lectures by experts from academia and government agencies and by environmental consultants, course participants will learn about the environmental challenges faced by SIDS, and the solutions which can be applied to solving these problems. The geographic focus will be on SIDS in the Caribbean, but these concepts apply to SIDS all over the world.

Contributing Institutions and Organizations: University of the Virgin Islands (St. Croix), AKWATIX Consulting (Barbados), IWEco Program (St. Kitts and Nevis), Carleton University (Canada), University of West Indies-Mona (Jamaica), The Nature Conservancy (Caribbean), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (USA), ES Caribbean, TOURISK Consulting and more.

The IIES is pleased to offer a FREE online seminar series focusing on Environmental Problems and Solutions in Small Island Developing States. The series runs every Wednesday from September 21 to December 7. Each week join a speaker from one of the contributing universities or organizations who will share their research and expertise. Lectures run approximately 45 mins with a short Q&A to follow. The talks are FREE and available to anyone interested. The seminars are live each week and will begin at:

08:00 AM EST (GMT -05:00)
*Be sure to check your local timezone.


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September 211Introduction to the seminar series and barriers to achieving SDGs in the CaribbeanChris MetcalfeTrent University (Canada)
September 282Land-based sources of pollution in Caribbean SIDSMarsha Serville TertullienTrent University (Canada)
October 5 3Threats to coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems in the CaribbeanNealla FrederickThe Nature Conservancy – Eastern Caribbean (Grenada)
October 124Reducing reliance on non-renewable energy in the CaribbeanKim Waddell
/ Gregory Guannel
University of the Virgin Islands (St. Croix, USVI)
October 195Sustainable tourism in the Caribbean and in SIDS globallyEdward ManningConsultant at TOURISK; Carleton University (Canada)
October 266Strategies for building resilience to climate change in Caribbean SIDSRoger PulwartyNational Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (USA)
November 27Trends in vector borne diseases in the CaribbeanSheena FrancisUniversity of West Indies, Mona (Jamaica)
November 98Management of water and wastewater in the CaribbeanAdrian CashmanConsultant – AKWATIX (Barbados) 
November 16 9Nature-based approaches for watershed management in the CaribbeanHalla SahelyNational Project Coordinator – IWEco St. Kitts and Nevis  
November 2310The Blue Economy and building resilience to climate change in the CaribbeanCatherine JadotES Caribbean (USA)
November 3011Threats to fisheries and impacts of sargassum in the CaribbeanShelly Ann CoxConsultant – Marine Fisheries (Barbados)
December 712Predicting trends in climate change in the CaribbeanRoxann Stennett-BrownUniversity of West Indies, Mona (Jamaica)

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