Caribbean Tourism Organization chief calls for legislation that regulates waste disposal in Caribbean watersListen /
The head of the Caribbean region's tourism development agency has called for legislation to regulate the disposal of waste in Caribbean waters.
Hugh Riley, the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in a keynote address at the opening of the 2nd Sustainable Conference in St. Eustatius on Wednesday, said the Caribbean had a responsibility to protect and preserve its water resources.
The two day conference, organized by the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation with support from the CTO, had as its theme, Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future.
Reflecting on the theme, Mr. Riley reminded delegates that water was at the core of the Caribbean's efforts at sustainability and that it was important that the necessary policies be put in place to safeguard this vital resource.
"We must never forget that we in the Caribbean have a duty to create policies and to engender behaviors in our people and in our visitors, that will safeguard our water resources for future generations," the CTO Secretary-General told the conference.
He said "We must practice sustainable water-use policies and observe appropriate waste-water management practices," adding, "We must not only enact, but also enforce legislation that regulates the proper disposal of waste in the waters that wash our shores, and we must severely punish all violators, because they endanger our health and jeopardize our children's future."
During the conference, delegates debated a number of water-related issues, including who benefits from coastal management; the risks to wildlife and water along with the tourism opportunities that come with development; and water conservation in hospitality. This is Donn Bobb reporting.