Colourful economies

Colourful economies

Day 2
16:00 – 17:30
Bastion 1+2


In this session, green and blue economy case studies from Small States will be presented and discussed. What is the green economy? The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines it as an economy “that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive”. And what is the blue economy? The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has described a blue economy as one that “permits to respond to the basic needs of all with what we have. As such, it stands for a new way of designing business: using the resources available in cascading systems, where the waste of one product becomes the input to create a new cash flow”.

The Rio+20 Outcome Document makes clear the need for international organisations to coordinate and provide information upon request on, among other things, toolboxes and/or best practices in applying policies on green economy and models and good examples of green economy policies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication at all levels. The document also affirms civil society’s has a role to play in promoting these alternatives.

The cases presented in this session will demonstrate that alternatives to the pure-growth model can and do work. Different regional perspectives will be discussed, and ideally delegates will leave the session with new ideas on how to take forward initiatives in their home countries or regions.

The Cases

Case 1: Jose Deles will share a case on seaweed farming in Polilio Island in the Philippines. He will share the range of methods and tools used by the farmers to find solutions to the issues they faced. A governance perspective on seaweed farming will be at the heart of the case presentation.

Case 2: Sarah McIntosh from the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute will present a case on the green economy in the Caribbean. More details to come.

Case 3: Anare Matakiviti, the Energy Programme Coordinator at IUCN Oceania will present a blue economy case from the Pacific region.



(CHAIR) JD Farrugia

JD Farrugia Commonwealth People's Forum 2015 speakerJD Farrugia is the director of fish4tomorrow, a Maltese NGO working on promoting sustainable fishing and seafood consumption. He is also project coordinator of the TerraFirma Collective, a newly established platform for NGOs working on environmental issues. JD has been involved in environmental activism for the past 5 years and holds an M.Sc in Environmental Management and Planning where he studied environmental behaviour and how people perceive and react to environmental campaigns. Besides his roles with fish4tomorrow and TerraFirma, JD is also the chairperson of Friends of the Earth Malta and is an Environmental Coordinator with Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar.

Jose Deles

Jose Deles Commonwealth People's Forum 2015 speakerJose Deles is currently a freelance consultant in the Philippines in participatory methods for anti-poverty programs. He is currently engaged as Consultant of Task Force Mapalad, a Philippine-based NGO promoting land rights.

Mr Deles assists TFM develop strategies for constructive engagement with the Philippine Government in the pursuit of agrarian reform and ancestral domain rights. This includes developing farm systems and enterprises to transform former landless workers to new landowners and farm managers.

Prior to TFM, Mr Deles has over 35 years’ experience in development, governance and policy reforms with in depth background working in fragile states and post conflict environments in Southern  Philippines, Cambodia, Afghanistan. In the Philippines, Mr.Deles served in various senior project management capacities with donor-supported programs. Particularly the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), USAID, and AUSAID.

Mr Deles also served as UNDP’s Planning Adviser in 1996 to the Provincial Governments of the Government of Cambodia under the Cambodian Rehabilitation and Regeneration (CARERE) Program.

In 2010-2011, based in Kabul, Afghanistan, he served as Governance Reform Advisor of the CIDA-funded Afghanistan Technical Assistance Program. Embedded at the Ministry of Finance, leading a team of 5 International Technical Advisors along with Afghan counterparts to undertake service delivery reforms at the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Haj, Ministry of Interior and the Municipality of Kabul.

Anare Matakiviti

Anare-Matakiviti-Commonwealth-Peoples-Forum-CPF2015-speakerAnare Matakiviti (Fiji) is the Energy Programme Coordinator at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania, which helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

Sarah McIntosh

Sarah McIntosh is an Associate and former Executive Director (2004-2010) of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI). She is is most actively involved in CANARI’s Civil Society and Governance and Green Economy Programmes, contributing both her entrepreneurship and marketing skills and the experience gained under CANARI projects that focus on participatory, community-oriented development based on the sustainable use of natural resources. Sarah is the author of several CANARI publications, including the Green Economy Discussion Paper Catalysing and supporting sustainable small, medium and micro enterprise development in the Caribbean.

Sarah’s current work, both with CANARI and as an independent consultant, includes policy research, capacity building, communications and advocacy for sustainable development in the Caribbean. Capacity building initiatives include training, coaching and mentoring, with an emphasis on empowering communities through organisational strengthening and improved governance of both civil society organisations and small businesses. Sarah is also a social entrepreneur, involved in developing a unique community-oriented, eco-agrotourism initiative in north-east Trinidad.

Sarah has over 35 years experience as a senior manager in both the civil society and private sectors, and has worked in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States and the Caribbean. She has an MSc. in Applied European Studies from London South Bank University and an ACCA Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Management.

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