Caribbean Aqu-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS)
The Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) follows a ‘Ridge-to-Reef Approach’ by bringing together two regional programmes, the “Adaptation of Rural Economies and Natural Resources to Climate Change”, and the “Management of Coastal Resources and Conservation of Marine Biodiversity”. CATS-1 supports adaptive measures in agriculture, forestry and water and waste water management. Visit the CATS website to learn more about the programme.
EHS recognizes the significance of waste management due to an expanding tourism sector, changing consumption patterns and resultant increase in food packaging material, as well as electronic waste such as computers and cellular phones. The lifespan of landfills is shrinking with the increasing volume of solid waste. The EHS promotes the idea of waste diversion from the landfills using a variety of strategies such as reduction, reuse and recycling of waste products.
The holistic concept of sustainable production and consumption, advocates efficient use of resources and process inputs for livelihoods and wellbeing, while optimising energy consumption and minimising waste generation, across all economic sectors. EHS has provided awareness and training in this concept, through case studies in the tourism, agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The reuse of wastewater provides an opportunity to minimize the application of potable water for non-potable purposes. Water used for cooling industrial equipment for example, can be used for shop floor sanitation, or irrigation and landscaping.
Healthy Work and School Environment
Healthy work and school environments have emerged as an area of particular concern. EHS endorses the WHO Global Plan of Action on Workers’ Health, which can guide Member States as follows:
Development of the healthy workplace initiatives, to address issues related to physical structure, air, machinery, furniture, products, chemicals and materials found in the workplace.
Support development of eco-innovative processes. Areas typically addressed would be hazards associated with:
Food borne hazards