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United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

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The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in collaboration with Republic Bank Limited is pleased to present a Distinguished Lecture by Professor John Agard, a leading environmental scientist, recognised globally for his contribution to the discipline. Professor Agard will speak on the ‘Blue Economy’ approach as the answer to diversify the local economy and the need to conserve our marine and coastal environments.

Professor John Agard will present a distinguished lecture titled, ‘The Blue Economy Driving Economic Diversification: Possibilities and Challenges for Trinidad and Tobago’. The lecture seeks to explore how the concept of the blue economy can attempt to balance climatic conditions and generate increased livelihoods in the fisheries, pharmaceuticals, eco-tourism and transport sectors. The lecture also aims to underscore the need for the business community to invest and support a blue economy that would be sustainable and climate secure.

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Date: Monday 20th July 2020

Time: 1:00pm

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Meet Our Title Sponsor

Republic Bank Limited

Professor John Agard

University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

John Agard is a Professor of Tropical Island Ecology in the Department of Life Sciences at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.  He received a B.Sc. with Honours in Chemistry and Zoology at The University of West Indies and a M.Sc. with Distinction in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester, UK.  He is the holder of a Ph.D. in Zoology at The University of West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.  Professor John Agard is the joint recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize 2007 that was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for achievements to create and stimulate greater knowledge on climate change to humankind.  He has received numerous awards including the distinguished The University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Public Service and the Zayed International Prize for the Environment.

He served as Chairman of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) from 1997 to 2008 where he was instrumental in developing the National Environmental Policy 1998 and contributed significantly to this revised policy in 2007.  His contributions at the EMA also encompass development of the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Rules of 2001, the Water Pollution Rules of 2001 and the Certificate of Environmental Clearance Rules 2001, to name a few.    Professor Agard has authored and co-authored numerous publications of which the more prominent include the “Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” for which he jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize 2007.  He contributed significantly to the comprehensive publication entitled, “Ecosystems and Human Well-being”, which was published by UNEP in 2005 and was the coordinating lead author of the 2010 publication entitled, “Latin America and Caribbean Environment Outlook” which was published by UNEP.  While his research interests are in the subject disciplines of marine biodiversity and related ecological issues his current studies/interests are focused in seeking solutions to reduce climate change in the region.  Professor John Agard is a doting husband and father of three children.  Professor Agard continues to advise public bodies across the region on the Blue Economy.

Our Guest Panelists

Dr. Thackwray Driver

CEO, The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. David Ramjohn

CEO, AlgEternal / Head of Sustainability KindEarth.Tech

Mr. Baldath Ramkissoon

General Manager, Treasury, Republic Bank Ltd.

Mr. David Simmons

Managing Director, Simmons and Associate


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