Dominica is committed to the principles of environmental sustainability but remains concerned over the impact of global warming on developing countries.
This statement was made by Dominica’s ambassador to the United Nations Vince Henderson during an address to UN’s 67th general assembly on Monday night.
“Dominica is committed to the foundational principles of environmental sustainability,” Henderson said. “This is clearly demonstrated by our nature isle approach to sustainable development. The sustainable use of our natural resources have contributed to our tourism product while at the same time blessing our citizens with the most beautiful place on earth to call home.”
However Henderson noted that climate change remains a burning issue for Dominica and other small island developing states (SIDS). “The failure to date to reach a legally binding outcome on climate change is cause for great concern,” he argued. “While the debate continues, the challenges to our islands are becoming greater.”
He said Dominica is committed to a multilateral approach in tackling the issue of climate change. “The vulnerability of Dominica to the effects of global warming underscores our commitment to a multilateral approach aimed at combating climate change,” the ambassador pointed out. “The impact of climate change continues to manifest itself in a number of ways resulting in greater challenges to the survival of SIDS.”
Henderson stated that the timely creation of a road map for a new legally binding document on climate change must be treated as a matter of urgency.
He also said that Dominica continues to pursue its geothermal resource potential which he said will allow the island to move away from the generation of electricity from fossil fuels within the next five years and reduce the cost of electricity. “Work is expected on the construction of the first power plant in the first quarter of 2013,” Henderson said. “We anticipate by 2017 all our electricity needs will be met by a combination of sources of hydro and geothermal.”
He said Dominica will be carbon neutral, even carbon negative, by 2020.