August 2-9, 2004

MOU continues co-operation between NS environment industry, Eastern Caribbean nations

HALIFAX, NS-A new agreement between Nova Scotia and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will lead to better protection of the environment and enhanced trade opportunities for Nova Scotia's environment industry. The agreement was signed at a conference in Saint Lucia last month by Nova Scotia Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash and the governments of the OECS member states, represented by their environmental ministries. The memorandum of understanding cites many areas for co-operation, including solid waste management, emergency planning and sustainable tourism. Agreements signed with Saint Lucia and other Eastern Caribbean states over the past 15 years have led to work exchange programs, training courses on environmental law and contracts for Nova Scotia environmental companies. "Environmental protection is just too big a task for any one party or player to take on. I believe the best way to achieve sustainable development is through partnerships like this one," Morash said. The OECS, whose secretariat is based in St. Lucia, represents nine island states: Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands. Nova Scotia's environment industry leads the Atlantic Canadian sector, reporting revenues of $310 million in 2000.
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