Granada apuesta por el liderazgo de los productores para el desarrollo del sector pesquero
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Aaron Francois is of the view that Leadership plays a key role in the management of our marine resources. The P.S. was speaking at the second workshop held in Grenada as part of a sub-regional project on "Adaptive Capacity for MPA Governance in the Eastern Caribbean."
Marine Protected Area Wardens in the Fisheries Divisions of the three participating countries Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia attended the workshop. Mr. Francois said, "As we build capacity- what we expect is that persons who are trained will go out there and lead the process and help to improve the management of the Marine Protected Areas in the sub-region".
He said as we enter into an era of environmental management and sustainable management it is becoming increasingly important for Small Island developing states like ours, as we build capacity through improving on the skill that we have to manage and to help move the whole area of marine protected areas to be managed properly. "It is not enough to just come in the training and get a certificate and then go back and people have to almost push you to act. I often say that you don't push leaders to act; leaders have a vision, have an idea of what must be done and they lead the charge, they get people to work along with them to get the work done," said Francois.
He cautioned participants not to underestimate their responsibility MPA wardens, advising them that after the training they should go back to their various work places- countries and Jaime Campbell see their responsibility as a key one in helping to move the whole MPA agenda in the sub- region. Chief Fisheries Officer Mr. Justin Rennie, urged participants to make use of the output of the workshop which would go towards enhancing MPA Governance in the South Eastern Caribbean and the rest of the Caribbean region.
Chairing the workshop was Dr. Patrick McConny of the Centre for Resource Management and Environment Studies (CERMES) University of the West Indies (UWI). The workshop was held at the Fisheries Conference Room, Melville Street Fish Market Wednesday, February 22nd to 24th. It covered both practical and theoretical areas.