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Sunday, April 16, 2006 

Caribbean environmental leaders to meet in TT
Sunday, April 16 2006

TWO DOZEN environmental leaders from across the Caribbean will gather in Trinidad this week to discuss threats to whales and share perspectives on related issues.

This meeting is being held in advance of the 58th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to be held in St Kitts and Nevis this June. Whale watching operators, environmental advocates, marine researchers and scientists will attend the two-day meeting to be held at the Crowne Plaza Trinidad, on Wednesday and Thursday.

The gathering is a collaborative effort by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Institute for Marine Affairs, the Council of Presidents for the Environment and the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network . “Healthy whale populations are fundamental to the future of the Caribbean region,” said Dr Joth Singh, director of wildlife and habitat at the IFAW.

“The perspectives of environmental advocates, marine researchers and ecotourism operators from across the region are critical to the upcoming meeting in St Kitts. IFAW is delighted to join our local partners to discuss and share perspectives on these important issues.”

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