- Written by St Lucia National Trust
Port of Spain, June 5, 2021 – The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has launched an online interactive story map about a collective advocacy campaign conducted by civil society organisations. This campaign took place over 2020-2021 and called on Caribbean governments to join and implement the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (referred to as the Escazú Agreement).
This ground-breaking new regional treaty came into force on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. It recognises that the right to a healthy environment is a human right. It strengthens mechanisms for governance of the environment to support the lives and livelihoods of Caribbean people. Four Caribbean countries have already signed – Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia. Other Governments are yet to join.