Wastewater Management In St. Kitts – Nevis
The degradation of the Caribbean marine environment through improper management of wastewater and sewage is a serious concern for countries whose livelihoods depend heavily on their natural marine resources. Polluted waters also pose a serious threat to human health. In St. Kitts and Nevis, we rely on our coastal environments for economic development especially for tourism and fisheries. The health of the coastal environment is closely linked to activities on the land such as wastewater disposal. This link will be explored during a four day workshop to help improve the way wastewater is managed in St. Kitts-Nevis.
The Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme ““ Global Program of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (UNEP GPA), the Environmental Heath Department and Water Services Department of St. Kitts-Nevis will be conducting a training course on “Improving Municipal Wastewater Management in the Caribbean” from July 27-30, 2009 in St. Kitts at the Ocean Terrace Inn.
The training will provide participants with analytical tools, substantive information and skills on how to select, plan and finance appropriate and environmentally sound municipal wastewater management systems. The course will focus on four elements:
1. Objective Oriented Planning
2. Innovative Technological and Financial Approaches
3. Stakeholder Involvement
4. Presentation Techniques and Feasibility Reporting
Previous training courses having already been conducted in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Belize, Guyana and the Bahamas.
The Minister of Health and Board Member of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, the Honorable Mr. Rupert Herbert will deliver the Feature Address at the Opening Ceremony which begins at 9:00 am at the Ocean Terrace Inn on Monday 27th July.