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Marine Pollution – A Caribbean Perspective

Marine Pollution - A Carribean Perspective

Based on the last webinar with Sian Cuffy (on ‘Managing Waste in the Caribbean’), there was a particular interest in understanding waste as it enters the marine environment. This panel will highlight the work being done in this area in Jamaica and St Lucia.

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Tamoy Singh Clarke, Programme Assistant @United Nations Environment Programme

Ms Tamoy Singh Clarke is an Administrative and Project Management Professional with over 15 years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector. She has worked with organizations, which include, the Jamaica Environment Trust, where she was responsible for overseeing their administrative functions and environmental education programmes. Her experience includes working with Jamaican schools and communities, both rural and urban, sensitizing them on various environmental conservation and advocacy issues. Tamoy has also worked and volunteered with other environmental organizations which include the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation, Earthcorps USA and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network. She currently works with the UNEP, Cartegena Convention Secretariat, as a Temporary Programme Assistant for the SPAW and LBS Protocols. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of the West Indies Mona and is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Lavina Alexander, Sustainable Development and Environment Officer @Sustainable Development & Environment Division

Lavina Alexander is from Saint Lucia, the Helen of the West Indies. Lavina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Water Resources Technology and Management. Lavina’s current responsibility includes Coastal Zone Management and related issues. Earlier she was with the Saint Lucia National Trust, where she was responsible for protected areas management and natural heritage conservation. Now at the frontline in coastal zone management and ocean governance at the SDED, Lavina is currently charged with facilitating the integration of coastal zone and maritime issues into the wider context of national sustainable development pursuits. Marine litter is one of these issues. She currently serves as the national focal point for the Cartagena Convention Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution (LBS) Protocol in Saint Lucia. She is exploring avenues to address marine litter management in Saint Lucia.

Dr Legena Henry, Lecturer for Renewable Energy @University of the West Indies, Cave Hill

Dr Legena Henry, PhD, is an MIT S.M. graduate and a Mechanical Engineer, who is now the Lecturer for Renewable Energy at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, specializing in Renewable Energy and Applied Mechanics. Her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, represents the completion of “An Analytical Approach to the Statistical Moments associated with large ocean waves,” which she started at the Center for Ocean Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received an S.M. (Master of Science) in Mechanical Engineering. She researches sustainable energy sources in the Caribbean.


Sian Cuffy- Young, Waste Management Educator, Consultant and Social Entrepreneur

Sian Cuffy-Young has been involved in the environmental field for over fourteen (14) years. She
is no stranger to challenge as her experience stems from the waste and mining sectors – two fields
many shy away from. She also has a wealth of experience in environmental management systems and education and has received training in behaviour change through the method of community-based social marketing with the University of Tennessee. She is a Colorado Certified Environmental
Educator, Speaker and Principal Consultant of Siel Environmental Services Limited. Her work involves working with schools through her waste education programme, with SMEs to the large corporate company to help them become more waste efficient, to communicate their environmental strategies and staff training and consulting and also has created an online learning platform for waste related issues for example composting and a short course in Waste management with UWI.

Her academic qualifications include a B Sc (Hons) degree Double major in Physics and Masters in
Environmental Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Campus and a
Diploma in Environmental Management from Galilee College, Israel. She is also a Fulbright Hubert
Humphrey Fellow from Cornell University where she specialized in Quarry rehabilitation and is a
graduate of the prestigious Shell LiveWire programme for young and upcoming entrepreneurs. She
was recently awarded the Kenneth Valley Foundation Progress award for her work in environmentalism and advocacy as well as her company receiving the award for being the Best Waste Education Company in the Caribbean by BUILD Magazine.

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