Call for better use of climate change financing

Environment Minister Kenneth Darroux

Dominica is among countries that have made a case at the OECS level for better use of climate change financing.

Addressing the 18th Environmental Policy Council meeting in St Vincent last week Dominica’s Environment Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux said too much of the financing available goes into administrative and operational costs.

“We would really like to see more of this money being translated into on-the-ground, grass roots, tangible, visible projects. I don’t think we need anyone to tell us about our special vulnerabilities because studies upon studies have been done and well documented. I think right now we need to see these funding channeled through the OECS secretariat be translated into projects that can touch the lives of actual people,” he said.

According to Darroux, there is also a need for better communication between the member states of the OECS and the secretariat on matters pertaining to climate change. “If you look at the number of projects initiated, some of them are actual work going on in Dominica. They are really just duplication of certain initiatives,” he pointed out.

He added that several new governments have indicated interest in assisting small island states in addressing environmental issues.

One such government, according to Darroux, is Australia.

According to Darroux, environmental and sustainable issues that plague OECS member states were also discussed at the meeting.

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  1. Akhenaton
    October 25, 2012

    “To much of the climate change financing available goes to adminic=strative and operational cost”?
    It is obvious therefore that the economy is in a state and funds are continously mismanaged. (DNO i do not expect you to publish this truth)

  2. him
    October 24, 2012

    Man you are such an embarrassment. Your constituency has been absolutely totally abandoned. Absolutely nothing has been done since the 2009 elections.You are a total waste of time. No wonder you are hiding, Lord knows where, and the people can’t see you again.. Urban should have taught you what representation is.

  3. Pondera
    October 24, 2012

    Press along Dr Darroux.

  4. Gena
    October 24, 2012

    Dr. D…This is all well and good but thats not what i want to hear. I hear you not happy with treatment given to your people. That i want to hear because is time somebody speak out about the chicken feed Petit Savvanne getting.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2012

      Wait still :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous
      October 25, 2012

      Although I agree with you, don’t bank on it! Dr. Darroux is no different from the other parliamentarians who represented the Petite Savanne constituency. They wait till election to make empty promises, stop in the rum shop to pay for a round or two of drinks, give a few hundred dollars to the supporters who will see no other color except red regardless of what you tell them and then, we all go out on election day and vote for them.

      I look forward to see the day when I hear the government/parl rep say “Ladies and gentlement of the Petite Savanne Constituency, The Dubique sea defence wall and geneva to Petite Savanne Road is finally coming”…ha ha ha!

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