St. Eustatius Sustainable Development Conference

The St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) began its sustainable development conference and exhibition on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. The theme of the conference, which will continue until September 27, is “Powering Sustainable Development.” Presenters will discuss critical issues relating to the island’s sustainability.

The objectives of the STDF is to gather all sustainable related sectors and link as a team to additionally educate and inform the public regarding the importance of sustainable practices. By influencing the community in the right direction of sustainability the STDF hopes to motivate Statians to engage in sustainable practices, including energy conservation/renewable energy. The conference is designed to challenge tourism planners, policymakers, stakeholders and the general public to develop and implement strategies and practices that can sustain Statia’s limited resources.

The two keynote speakers for the conference: Haydn Hughes, the State Minister of Tourism and Finance, will establish the principles underlying the conference theme when he addresses delegates on the first working day of the conference, and Annemie Burger, the director general of Nature and Region at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, will speak on the subject “Sustainability Policy from the Dutch Perspective,” on the second morning of the conference.

“Sustainability is the long term maintenance of responsibility and this conference is expected to shed light in the community. To ensure good sustainable practices we have to make good use of our natural environment,” said public relations officer Teena Lopes. “I have learned to be more conscious and I appreciate my beautiful island even more. I am extremely happy to be part of the sustainable conference and in my opinion the entire island should prosper.”

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