Dubbed ‘Climate Resilience, Innovation and Partnership for Sustainable Water and Waste Development’, this year’s conference and exhibition seeks to promote climate resilience, innovation and partnership while addressing the issues of water and waste as resources in sustainable development.
Some 16 Caribbean ministers with responsibility for water and waste management, professionals, technocrats and students, are slated to attend.
Speaking with JIS NEWS, President of the National Water Commission (NWC) and Co-chairman of the conference committee, Mark Barnett, said the five-day event will include meetings, plenary and technical sessions focusing on climate-resilience infrastructure; regional planning and investment and other matters relating to the development of the water and wastewater sector.
“Discussions will include issues relating to water, wastewater, waste treatment and the impact of climate change. Climate change is a result of how we treat our environment, which predominantly relates to waste that is generated by human activity. So, we want to bring focus to the resilience of the region and how partnerships can assist in helping us to improve our sustainability both in terms of our water and waste treatment and development within the sector,” Mr. Barnett explained.
Day one of the conference will include registration, the opening ceremony, exhibition hall ribbon-cutting and welcome reception.
Days two and three will feature a plenary session, concurrent technical breakout sessions and the 14th High Level Forum of Caribbean Ministers responsible for Water.
The Co-chair said the plenary session will involve sector players discussing climate resilience infrastructure, regional planning and investment.
Presenters include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Country Department General Manager, Therese Turner-Jones; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Commercial Bank (NCB) Capital Markets Limited, Steven Gooden; Professor Michael Taylor of the University of the West Indies (UWI); and Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson.
“Over the two days, the water ministers from across the region will discuss the strategies and action plan needed to improve water management; the protection of such valuable resource and how they respond to climate change issues,” Mr. Barnett informed.
The concurrent technical sessions will focus on planning for climate variability and change; waste management for security; climate resilient infrastructure & non-revenue water; governance, public education & participation; finance and partnership; and information & communication technologies, the change agent for water & waste management.
Discussions on day four will focus on water & waste – energy nexus: managing cost of energy; waste management for security and reducing levels of non-revenue water.
On final day, there will be tours to the Bogue Wastewater Treatment Plant and Jamaica Public Service Company facility in Montego Bay; Martha Brae Water Treatment in Trelawny as well as the Port Authority’s waste treatment system at the Falmouth Pier.
The Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) will be hosting the conference, with major sponsorship from the National Water Commission, Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation; National Commercial Bank; Vinci Construction headquartered in France; Cole Engineering from Canada; Diehl Metering from Germany and Miya Arison Group from Israel.
For more details on the upcoming conference, persons may visit: www.cwwaconference2018ja.com.
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