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October 2012


Volume 2, Issue No. 3 Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professional’s (JIEP) Quarterly Newsletter—The Environmental Professional Quarterly (EPQ). It is the intention that this newsletter will keep persons informed of the JIEP’s activities and the environmental profession in Jamaica.

Happy 50th Jamaica! JIEP Spotlight


Environment in the News 2 Dear JIEP


Upcoming Events


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Along with celebrating our nation's 50 th year of independence, we have been busy measuring, commenting on, criticizing, and generally arguing about the progress our nation has made over the last 50 years. There is no doubt that for a small island (we are an archipelago really) we have done well in fields such as sport and music; and the only argument seems to be whether we should have done better, and having now achieved what we have...what do we do over the coming half century to take it to the next level?

Sadly, in relation to our nation's natural resources we are not able to say that we have done as well. No doubt we could be in a worse position now, but no one can reasonably Getting to know the JIEP 4 say that our natural resources are in a better state today than they were some five decades ago. While the environment and related issues certainly have received more JIEP MISSION STATEMENT attention in the last few decades this attention has not resulted in what we had hoped To maintain high standards of for in terms of a serious commitment and approach to the management of Jamaica's professionalism among our members in order to improve natural resources. Member's Corner


the environmental management capacity and practices in Jamaica.

So what do the next 50 years hold for Jamaica's environment?

There are likely to be even greater pressures on our natural resources from continued exploitation, physical development, climate change, and natural disasters. All this in the present day context of a global recession, Jamaica's own heavily indebted status which leaves our limited financial resources to be paired with the low priority given to environmental matters. Clearly if there is no significant change in how we act as stewards for the environment there will be little positive to write about in the year 2062. While the newly elected JIEP Council will only serve until 2014, and will be long gone by 2062, there is an encouraging mix of new and not-so-new (let's say experienced!) blood that is eager to push the agenda of the JIEP forward. As the JIEP is a membership based organisation we want to continue to be relevant to our members by promoting their interests; but we are also going to play a more active role in the broader dialogue about Jamaica's environment in the belief that our action over the next couple of years will put Jamaica's environment on the right trajectory for 2062. Let us know how we can serve you better, what ideas you may have, and of course how you are willing to chip in and help us. Prepared by: Krishna Desai, President 2012-2014

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JIEP Spotlight Krishna Desai, President 2012-2014 The new JIEP President wears many hats. Some may have ideas/theories/wisecracks as to why, but for the JIEP – it is a major asset! Krishna began his working career in Marine Science at NEPA where he served for eight years, including a year off to pursue a Masters Degree at Dalhousie University. While at NEPA Krishna moved up the ranks from Environmental Officer, to Manager of the Coastal Zone Branch, and then to Director of the Conservation and Protection Division. In 2004, he went back to the University of the West Indies for another Bachelors degree, this time in law. After a brief stint in England, where he assisted the Royal Borough of Kensington

& Chelsea to implement their Environment Strategy, including their Climate Change and Carbon Management Programmes, Krishna returned to Jamaica and worked locally and in the Eastern Caribbean as a Coastal Zone Management Consultant. During that time he completed the Bar and also served as a judicial clerk in the high court. Since 2010 he has been employed to Myers, Fletcher and Gordon in their litigation department, with some emphasis on planning, environmental, and maritime law. In addition to the marine science hat, and his legal hat (did we say diver hat?), Krishna also has a history of serving civil society. In addition to his recent promotion within the JIEP, he is a board member of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) and a member of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Krishna is also a member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment based in the UK. More recently he has become a Dad! Congratulations, Mr. President on your achievements to date and we look forward to the next 2 years. Prepared by: Karen McDonald Gayle, with Franklin McDonald

Environment in the News  International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) activities:,

watch?v=nB0nkz26ndY  Public health nightmare looms over Pedro Cays:

looms-over-Pedro-Cays  Iguanas making a comeback, but still under threat:

comeback--but-still-under-threat_12365020  Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low—Extreme Weather to Come?:

arctic-sea-ice-global-warming-record-environment-science/  West African and Caribbean seas rank among unhealthiest waters:

Upcoming Events October     

LINK-UP The Pub at Devon House (October 3, 2012, 6 PM) JIEP Quarterly Newsletter (Volume 2, Issue No. 4) National Tree Planting Day (October 1) National Wood & Water Day (October 2) United Nations World Habitat Day (October 3)

November  

JIEP Speaker’s Forum Earth Science Week (November 9-15)

Dear JIEP Instead of answering a question in this EPQ issue, we decided to pose a question to our members:

What are you hoping JIEP will achieve in the next two years (2012-2014)? Please email your answers to Responses will be collated and published in the January 2013 EPQ issue.

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Past Events THE AGM Environmental Management Division, Kingston - June 28, 2012

The AGM, chaired by Council Member Philip Rose (PhD), commenced with the welcome, apologies for absence and confirmation of minutes. Marcia Creary (JIEP President 20082012) reported on the JIEP activities over the past year, after which she was presented with a token of appreciation for her two terms of service as JIEP President. Sean Townsend (JIEP Treasurer) presented the financial report for the 2011-2012 year. Our guest speaker was Margaret Jones Williams (PhD, QEP), Past JIEP President (2002-2004) and Recipient of the JIEP 10th Anniversary Peter Reeson Award for Service to the JIEP. Dr. Jones Williams gave a brief history of the JIEP, describing Dr. Jones Williams gave a brief history of the JIEP, describing the original vision and journey of the organization. She also spoke about the role that the organisation may need to think about playing today. Election of the 2012-2014 Council resulted in the following positions: President: Krishna Desai, Vice President: Karen McDonald Gayle, Secretary: Tamia Harker, Treasurer: Sean Townsend, Council Members: Michelle McNaught, Eleanor Jones, Ava Maxam, Kimberly Bryan, Susan Otuokon, Philip Rose, Karen McIntyre, Danaë Vaccianna.

Member’s Corner Reminder - Membership Fee Payment Invoices for 2012 memberships dues have been sent via email to all JIEP members. For descriptions of the payment options available to you (PayPal, Scotiabank E-Services or Direct Deposit), please visit: content/e-payments

President Krishna Desai (left) presents token of appreciation to Dr. Margaret Jones Williams (right) for her speech.

Council Member Eleanor Jones (left) presents token of appreciation to Marcia Creary (right) for her services as President (2010-2012)

Additionally, kindly provide the Secretariat/Council Member with details of your payment (method and date) so that the membership database may be updated accordingly.

“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” POPE JOHN PAUL II

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Getting to know the JIEP 2012-2014 Council President Krishna Desai is a natural scientist and an attorney-at-law. He has a B.Sc. (Double major) in Botany and Zoology from UWI and a Masters of Marine Management from Dalhousie University. He is currently employed as a litigator for Myers Fletcher &Gordon and assists a California based charity to identify conservation projects.

Eleanor Jones has given over thirty years of professional service to education, training, policy, strategy, and systems development in environment, disaster risk management, and project development. Mrs. Jones is a founding partner and Managing Director of Environmental Solutions Ltd., and Chairman of ESL Management Solutions Ltd.

Vice President Karen McDonald Gayle holds a Masters Degree in EIAs and Auditing. She has over fifteen years of experience working in a wide range of environmental management positions and is currently CEO of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica.

Philip Rose (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences at UWI. His research career has been focused in the fields of Terrestrial Plant Ecology and Botanical Taxonomy. He is also an environmental consultant with over 12 years experience.

Secretary Tamia Harker is an Environmental Scientist currently employed to C. L. Environmental Co. Ltd. She has a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology (honours) from UWI and is currently pursuing an M.Phil. in Zoology. Tamia has more than four years experience in the environmental field.

Karen McIntyre is an Environmental and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) scientist and has nine years experience in the environmental field. Karen is the Projects Manager at Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI), UWI and undertakes contractual work with CL Environmental Co. Ltd.

Treasurer Sean Townsend is currently the Manager of the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Planning Department at the Urban Development Corporation. His expertise lies in marine science, invasive species management and environmental information dissemination.

Danaë Vaccianna is a practicing environmentalist for 8 years, having worked in the construction, Protected Area Management and Urban and Regional Planning and Development Fields.

Michelle McNaught has a B.Sc. in Zoology and Botany (Double major) and a M.Sc. in Tropical Ecosystems and Assessment Management. She is the National Coordinator for The CARIBSAVE Partnership, a not for profit organisation focused on Climate Change Adaptation and Poverty Alleviation .

Ava Maxam (Ph.D.) has a PhD in Oceanography from the UWI where she also obtained a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Zoology & Botany. She is currently the Deputy Directory of Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI), UWI where she manages the projects and programming units as well as develops GIS training for the institute .

Kimberly Bryan is a senior environmental analyst at Environmental Solutions Ltd. She has comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in environmental assessment, environmental permit and approval requirements, environmental monitoring, impact analysis, and environmental planning.

Susan Otuokon is an environmental consultant, specializing in protected area and natural resources management She has a Ph.D. from UWI - “Ecotourism and its Role as a Tool for Protected Area Management in the Caribbean: Case Studies from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago”.


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