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St Helena : St Helena Councillors Attend Conferences
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Juanita Brock) 08.05.2008 (Article Archived on 22.05.2008)

St Helena will be represented at the 39th British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference in Gibraltar which takes place from 11 to 15 May 2008. The Island will also be represented at the Pre Overseas Territories Consultative Council in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Councillors to Attend Conferences

 

 

 

St Helena will be represented at the 39th British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference in Gibraltar which takes place from 11 to 15 May 2008. The Island will also be represented at the Pre Overseas Territories Consultative Council in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

Councillors Eric Benjamin, Chair of the Education Committee and William Drabble, Chair of the Public Health and Social Services Committee will attend the Gibraltar conference on St Helena’s behalf.

 

The main areas of discussion will include climate change, energy conservation and generation, and tourism and the environment. There will also be opportunity for the Councillors to speak with other delegates.

 

At the conference, the first topic for discussion will be Climate Change and Energy. This will look at the impact of energy on climate; regional effects of climate change; and energy generation. Another topic will be waste management, which will include discussion on recycling and waste water treatment. Delegates will also look at Gibraltar’s waste strategy.

 

A number of workshops will be held on energy, with concentration on areas such as energy generation now, and new methods for the future. The workshop on renewable energy will discuss fossil fuel usage and how long it can last, as well as solar, wind, tidal and geo-thermal energy. A workshop on energy efficiency will focus on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficient initiatives.

 

Councillors will also attend a session on Eco-Tourism which will provide them with the opportunity to consider how to strike a balance, at what expense tourism is driven forward, and a look at various case studies.

 

There will be a number of workshops on Tourism and the Environment. “Maximising Tourism” will be chaired by Councillor Eric Benjamin and he will concentrate on whether the quality of the environment is essential for tourism; making holiday destinations attractive to environmental tourism; and the cost to the environment when maximising tourism. “Tourism’s impact on the Environment” will look at overusing fresh water resources; how tourism can pose threats to natural areas; and tourism’s impact on air emissions, noise, sewage and solid waste. “Tourist Industry’s Infrastructure” will look at how tourism construction activities and provision of tourism facilities impacts on the environment; whether there is an optimum construction level above which there can be a negative impact; and whether the impact of tourism on airports, railways and other means of transport is being kept at a safe environmental level.

 

Another session will concentrate on Biodiversity Conservation including 2010 targets to halt biodiversity loss, and looking at invasive species.

 

There will be opportunity for the Councillors to do some sightseeing and this will include Rock Tour and Dolphin Safari – Straits of Gibraltar.   

 

While Councillor William Drabble is away from the Island he will take some overseas leave and he will take the opportunity to attend a further meeting in the Caribbean. The meeting is the pre Overseas Territories Consultative Council which is to be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands on 9 June 2008.

 

This is being hosted by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, and will allow Overseas Territory representatives to suggest an agenda for the formal Overseas Territories Consultative Council (OTCC) which should be held in October this year in London.

 

Councillor Brian Isaac attended the last formal (OTCC), where Overseas Territory representatives had the opportunity to meet and consult with British Ministers. This is a useful forum for promoting the Island and for seeking support from the British Government. Therefore, St Helena is hoping to be represented again at this year’s OTCC which will take place later in the year.

 

After attending the conference, Councillor Drabble is due to return to St Helena on 21 June 2008.  Councillor Benjamin is due to return to St Helena on 23 May.

 

While the Councillors are away from the Island, Councillors John Reid and Stedson George have been appointed temporary members of Executive Council.

 

 

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8 May 2008

 

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