More than 400 overseas participants from the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, are expected in the island for the 27th Caribbean Water and Wastewater Conference.
The event will be held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from October 8 to 12.
Dubbed ‘Climate Resilience, Innovation and Partnership for Sustainable Water and Waste Development’, this year’s conference and exhibition seeks to promote climate resilience, innovation and partnership while addressing the issues of water and waste as resources in sustainable development.
Some 16 Caribbean ministers with responsibility for water and waste management, professionals, technocrats and students, are slated to attend.
President of Jamaica’s National Water Commission (NWC) and co-chairman of the conference committee, Mark Barnett, said the five-day event will include meetings, plenary and technical sessions focusing on climate-resilience infrastructure; regional planning and investment and other matters relating to the development of the water and wastewater sector.
“Discussions will include issues relating to water, wastewater, waste treatment and the impact of climate change. Climate change is a result of how we treat our environment, which predominantly relates to waste that is generated by human activity. So, we want to bring focus to the resilience of the region and how partnerships can assist in helping us to improve our sustainability both in terms of our water and waste treatment and development within the sector,” Barnett explained.