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SALISES hosts conference on Sustainable Development of Coastal Communities

For Release Upon Receipt - May 31, 2011

St. Augustine

The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, hosts a conference titled, “Sustainable Development of Coastal Communities Challenges and Solutions,” carded for June 1st to 3rd, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain.

This conference aims to be a forum for the exchange of ideas on critical issues related to climate change and coastal communities, biodiversity, turtle conservation, ecotourism, sustainable community development and the environment.

Professor Daniel E. Lane, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada and Co-Director of the C-Change Project, will be the key speaker at this event. Specially invited guests include Mayor of POS, Louis Lee Sing; the Honourable Dr. Roodal Moonilal, Minister of Housing and the Environment; Mayor of Gibsons, Canada, Barry Janyk; Her Excellency Karen Mc Donald, Canadian Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago; Professor Clement Sankat, UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal; Dr. Hamid Ghany, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The UWI; Mr. Tyrone Kalpee, Vice President of Health Safety Security and the Environment (HSSE) at bpTT; and Mr. Norman Christie, Regional President of bpTT.

This conference is open to the public, at a cost of US$300 for the three days, or US$145 per day. A special rate of US$100 is available to UWI students.

Registration takes place on June 1st, from 4-5.30 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

To find out more, please contact Ms. Francine Alleyne at 662-2002 ext 2392, 2038, 2391, or via e-mail at, or contact Ms. Marissa Sheppard at 662-2002 ext 3067, or via e-mail at Those interested can also visit the conference website at

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