The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Tuesday mentioned the Caribbean area has misplaced a “true stalwart and environmental sustainability champion” because it paid tribute to Yves Renard, who died earlier this month.
OECS Director Common, Dr. Didacus Jules, described Renard “as an environmental visionary and pioneer whose dedication to neighborhood and folks was unmatched.
“Yves’s genius lay in his use of science to create options that had been sustainable but supplied financial worth (akin to) rising of Leucaena plant for a number of communal makes use of, charcoal, animal fodder, pores and skin merchandise and many others.”
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Jules mentioned his ardour for individuals ensured that each initiative was in regards to the cultivation of neighborhood. “His resourcefulness planted the seed of many neighborhood and environmental initiatives which have blossomed – a few years later – into profitable sources of revenue for SIDS,” he added.
The OECS mentioned Renard first got here to public consideration within the Jap Caribbean within the early Eighties when he spearheaded the St. Lucia-based Jap Caribbean Pure Space Administration Programme (ECNAMP), working with authorities companies, neighborhood pursuits and useful resource customers to advertise the then-novel ideas of community-based administration and co-management.
“The work during which he engaged, particularly alongside the southeast of St. Lucia ranged from serving to to introduce the now well-established sea moss cultivation to aiding charcoal producers to reap wooden from the mangrove forest in a sustainable method.”
The Fee mentioned Renard was additionally concerned within the World Heritage Web site Inscription course of for the St. Lucia Pitons and supplied recommendation to the OECS for a proposed World Heritage Websites and Conserved Areas Community.
In 1989, ECNAMP transitioned to the Caribbean Pure Sources Institute (CANARI), a non-profit in St. Lucia and the USA Virgin Islands and with a deal with “analysis, coverage affect, advocacy, and capability constructing in direction of sustainable livelihoods and participatory determination making and administration of the area’s pure sources”.
Yves served because the group’s government director from 1992-2001. Since its institution, CANARI, now headquartered in Trinidad has prolonged its attain to cowl all the Caribbean.
The OECS mentioned Renard served the area in lots of capacities, together with as president of the Caribbean Conservation Affiliation and being the Caribbean consultant on the IUCN Council, which is IUCN’s principal governing physique in between periods of the World Conservation Congress.
“Yves Renard was really a person of many abilities, with a uniquely analytical thought course of. But, he by no means displayed any air of vanity and was at all times capable of chortle at himself. Certainly, his easy-going nature made working with him simple and little question contributed to his capability to make such a big impact. His passing on January 20, 2023, leaves a void within the hearts of many however his legacy will endure,” the OECS Fee added.
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