IAMovement and The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited are proud to present the Inaugural Event Caribbean Green Infrastructure Conference 2022
The Hybrid on-and-offline 2-day event will take place physically in Trinidad & Tobago from October 25th – 26th 2022, with fully available online streaming and interactivity to facilitate participation from stakeholders across the Caribbean and Latin American regions and beyond.
Online participation will be FREE while in-person participation will entail a full Conference Day-1 Event at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, following by a blended Day-2 event entailing online panel sessions, and in-person green expo and site visits in the afternoon.
for Virtual on In-Person partipation in the Caribbean Green Infrastructure Conference 2022.
The #CGIC2022 Conference Brief may be downloaded here, and further event summary information can be found lower down on this page.
Speakers, Panel Sessions and Booth Displays will Include:
- Technical introductions and discussions around Green Infrastructure Approaches being used already or available to the Caribbean
- Innovative Forms of Green and Climate Finance which may be explored
- Opportunities to access local and regional funding
- Introductions for Interested Climate Financiers to regional Green Infrastructure Projects and Models which can be explored for Investment to Scale
The forum specifically hopes to introduce attendees to the uses and applications of green infrastructure technologies; quickly build interest and capacity through shared technical knowledge and technical applications; and create a unique, rich environment for networking and sharing of information related to green infrastructure Technologies, and financing mechanism opportunities locally and regionally.
IAMovement has been working alongside partners in T&T and the Caribbean for over the past six (6) years towards the promotion and use of the Vetiver System (VS) solutions as a green infrastructure tool in a myriad of applications for treating with a suite of climate-related development challenges; which have included unique collaborations and developments working with Government and private sector. Through IAMovement’s IDB Lab supported Building on Vetiver! (BOV) Project there are 100+ benefitting companies and 30+ strong partnerships in the Caribbean showing support toward Green Infrastructure including stakeholders from private and commercial sectors, academia, NGOs, and key Government Ministries and Regional Corporations.
The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) has been at the fore of the local energy industry for over 45 years playing a leading role in driving and advocating for the sustainable energy transition, based on their recognition of this holding some of the greatest potential social, economic and environmental benefits for T&T. In addition NGC has led key conservation and reforestation efforts through their ‘No Net Lost’ initiative which they commenced in 2005 which has resulted in 100,000 seedlings planted in Rousillac, Moruga, Mayaro and Rio Claro. Through this initiative NGC has seen more than 38,000 tonnes of carbon sequestered as of 2021. NGC also recognizes that green infrastructure approaches will have an important role to play in this, such as landscape regeneration and reforestation, Vetiver System (VS) approaches, organic waste transformation and composting, and mangroves to name a few – since these all assist with sequestering both above and below-ground carbon, help avoid emissions through reduced need for carbon-heavy steel and concrete, and also build climate resilience for vulnerable communities and society at large.
What to expect from the Caribbean Green Infrastructure Conference (CGIC) 2022?
The hybrid forum will serve as a space for the sharing of technical knowledge and opportunities for widescale adoption and scaling of green infrastructure across the region.
The successes of VS as a green infrastructure solution achieved through the BOV project will serve as one example among many; introducing technical guidelines to core governmental stakeholders in the Planning and Infrastructure Ministries; while also providing parallel technical reports, academic studies, panel discussions and technical Insights by international experts on Green Infrastructure initiatives and Green Finance mechanisms.
While the Vetiver System (VS) is presented as a case study for uptake of green infrastructure, the forum itself will feature international experts from key regional and global partners able to provide technical insights to local and regional decision-making toward investment into green infrastructure technologies with discussions on the return on investment (ROI) of such approaches, through ecosystem service value and cost-savings in contrast to traditional hard-engineered solutions.
Partners and Sponsors
Minister of Works and Transport
Country Head IDB Trinidad and Tobago
Principal Specialist on Biodiversity and Natural Capital
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Senior Environment & Climate Change Expert
Private Finance Operations Lead Specialist, IDB Lab
Program Manager Climate Change Program
Caribbean Biodiversity Fund
Founder Hydromulch South Africa
Director International Erosion Control Association (IECA) for Region 2
Founder and CEO Water Foundry
Environmental Finance Manager
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Founder Hello Green Ltd
Director for The Vetiver Network International (TVNI), Costa Rica
Technical Director and Chairman