LISBON, Portugal — Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, The Hon. Vaughn Miller along with the Minister of State, the Hon. Basil McIntosh; Mr. Jerome Fitzgerald, Senior Policy Advisor, OPM; Dr. Rhianna Neely-Murphy, Director, DEPP; Ms. Roshelle Newbold, Special Advisor on Climate Change and Environmental Matters, OPM; and Director Melony McKenzie, DEHS, are attending the United Nations Oceans Conference which is presently being held in Lisbon, Portugal, June 27 to July 1. The conference, hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, seeks to propel science-based innovative solutions to start a new chapter of global ocean action.
Under the theme ‘Save Our Ocean, Protect Our Future,’ Minister Miller added his voice to the clarion call in the Altice Arena by bringing brief remarks on behalf of the Delegation of The Bahamas. He stated that the ocean was ‘angry’ which was evident by the rising sea levels, diseased and bleached corals, increasing temperatures, reduced fisheries and catastrophic storms. He reminded the delegates that we should be resilient and singular in focus to increase shared equity in a blue and green future.
The Government of the Bahamas, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, completed an assessment of the opportunities and enabling conditions for the development of blue carbon offset projects and others to determine the Bahamas’ possible engagement with the carbon market system.
In bilateral meetings, Minister Miller is pictured at a roundtable with the Prime Minister of Belize, Johnny Briceno, for a conversation on Carbon Markets and Blue Bonds options and in group photo, with Prime Minister Briceno, centre, Minister Miller, State Minister McIntosh, and other delegates from The Bahamas and Belize.