OECS establishes bureau to govern large environmental projects


Dominica’s Minister of Environment Dr. Kenneth Darroux will join two of his counterparts in the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS) sub grouping to spearhead a three-member bureau established to govern multimillion-dollar environmental projects across the nine member states.

The body was established to better coordinate these projects by improving accountability and management of funds made available for massive projects, according to a DBS radio broadcast.

The move to establish the body was taken at last week’s meeting of the OECS Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU), based at the Secretariat in St Lucia.

Ministers of the environment and their technical staff attended the conference from the nine member states of the OECS.

It is understood that mass-scale projects coordinated by the OECS Secretariat will first be channeled through the bureau before disbursement of funds to the respective territories. The projects will be closely monitored.

Dr. Darroux is also the outgoing chairman of the OECS’s Environmental Policy Committee (EPC).

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  1. December 30, 2011

    Hey is this serious?

  2. Environmentalist
    October 29, 2010

    @petite savanne: Your comments tell Dominicans that you would do anything to destroy our environment. Aren’t you part of Dominica’s environment? How foolish could you be and you showing the world that you are an imbecile to the highest? Politics is about LIFE, sustainable living. Stay in front drowned in your ignorance. What could be more useful but speaking against the destruction of our pristine environment?

  3. petite savanne
    October 28, 2010


    that is why ppl like you all stay behind. every thing is a politics politics politics.

    make yourself useful

  4. M
    October 28, 2010

    It’s a waste of money and time for the government to even attend these meetings,since they do absolutely nothing to see to it it big companies do not harm our natural environment..THIS WAS A SAITE OF MONEY…WE ARE LIVING IN A FAILED STATE!!! COMPLIMENTS “THE SKERRIT LABOUR PARTY”

  5. Environmentalist
    October 28, 2010

    I wonder what effect do those conferences or meetings have on the Ministers who attend? All Dominicans would remember vividly that Mr. Darroux, Minister of the Environment, agreed with Planning Division to permit Gardhakan to build an asphalt Plant close to the Layou community. Although the villagers pleaded and expressed concerns to the said Minister and his DLP Govt. to rethink putting that Asphalt Plant next to the village, they were disrespected and ridiculed. Their ideas were cast aside.

    He and his Govt. sided with the BIG businessman to go ahead with the project. All right thinking Dominicans should be aware that the asphalt plant spews tons upon tons of CANCER-CAUSING POLLUTANTS into the air. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was submitted by the same Company, so what do you expect? The HEALTH of the residents are at risk. The fumes emitted could cause Dizziness, Nausea, Respiratory and several other illnesses in addition to CANCER. The youth playing football on the other side of the Layou River complain of breathing problems when running about.

    The Minister is a medical doctor, but yet he refused to acknowledge and act on the concerns the residents articulated. In Dominica environmental concerns and people’s health take back stage when BiG businesses, money and influence are in control. Shouldn’t Govt be protecting the people from those things? The Asphalt plant is a major ENVIRONMENTAL disaster especially close to where people live.

    Just this week, Dominicans learnt that the Environmental Health Unit would be issuing a STOP ORDER to that same company because of the area where they were dumping the toxic waste from that Asphalt Plant. So you all see the headaches, the pollution, the destruction of the Environment and what happens in the absence of proper Planning? More Conferences, More PERKS, but no change in ATTITUDES. WITH NO VISION OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PEOPLE SUFFER.

  6. Anonymous
    October 28, 2010

    Is the Government going to conducting the technical work or private consultant getting a stab at it.

  7. APG
    October 28, 2010

    Why is it that none of these important OECS/Caricom offices are ever based in Dominica?

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