Members from the European Union and its 28 overseas entities – including the Cayman Islands – have gathered for an international conference on climate change and biodiversity loss on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
Director of Planning Kenneth Ebanks, the representative for the Cayman Islands’ Government, joins other delegates in the discussion about climate adaptation strategies that can prevent further biodiversity loss.
Dr. Matt Cottam from the Department of Environment is also attending as an observer.
The conference, which began Tuesday and wraps up Friday, is titled The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss.
Its objectives are to increase international awareness of the unique natural heritage of the EU’s overseas entities, and the threats they face; promote successful climate adaptation, smart energy policies and sustainable biodiversity management through interstate cooperation; and enhance regional cooperation between the Overseas Territories and their neighbours, thus giving them a powerful voice on the international environmental scene.
The EU’s overseas entities are associated with the six EU member states of Denmark, France, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK. These include such varied territories as Aruba; British Antarctic Territory; Falkland Islands; French Polynesia; New Caledonia; Pitcairn Islands; Saint Helena; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; and Wallis and Futuna.
For more information on the conference, and for live streaming from the plenary sessions, visit http://www.reunion2008.eu.