ICS Lecture: “The Caribbean Sea as a Special Area in the Context of Sustainable Development”

The Institute of Caribbean Studies, of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “The Caribbean Sea as a Special Area: In the Context of Sustainable Development” by scientist Dr. John Agard (Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies-St. Augustine). Dr. Agard, the lead author in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change 2000, was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 2007.

Dr. Manuel Valdés Pizzini (Associate Director for Research and Program Affairs, Sea Grant College Program, and professor of anthropology and sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez) will comment the lecture. The activity will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre Manuel Maldonado Denis (CRA 108) of Carmen Rivera de Alvarado (CRA) Building, Faculty of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: The Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment was used to support a 2008 UN Resolution titled “Towards the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations.” Scientific data showed that some of the vital services provided by the Caribbean Sea ecosystem are being placed in jeopardy, often by the very industries whose long-term future depends on the continuing provision of those services. Second, a reduction in the degradation of the Caribbean Sea will require new ways of working together amongst the disparate political authorities making up the region. Finally, the combination of dependence on the integrity of its marine ecosystem and vulnerability to global forces beyond its control puts the Caribbean in a special position, which merits recognition and concrete action by the international community.

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71***

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

Also see the Institute of Caribbean Studies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Instituto-de-Estudios-del-Caribe-UPR/146169468754542?ref=sgm

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