DR to host 2016 Caribbean Sea Symposium
During the 7th ACS Summit held in Havana on Saturday 4 June 2016, regional foreign relations ministers approved a decision to hold the first Symposium on the Preservation of the Caribbean Sea in the Dominican Republic in 2016. The date will be announced in due course.
Dominican Foreign Relations Minister Andres Navarro expressed optimism that the regional commitment to the defense, protection and sustainable use of the Caribbean Sea would unify the ACS.
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution titled: Towards the Sustainable Development of the Caribbean Sea for Present and Future Generations. Navarro says that this represented recognition of the Caribbean Sea’s importance as a very fragile ecosystem as well as a singular biologically diverse area. He pointed out that more than 115 million people live along the Caribbean coastlines, in addition to around 20 million annual visitors to the region. He said that the demands of tourism, indiscriminate fishing and climate change, along with other factors, combine to threaten the biodiversity of one of the planet’s most vulnerable ecosystems. He said that recent threats included the proliferation of seaweed, erosion of coastal areas and invasive species such as lionfish.
June 7, 2016
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