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Call for Abstracts

The Sixth Biennial Caribbean Environmental Forum and Exhibition (CEF-6) and the 16th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) are inviting abstracts for oral presentation for the conference to be held, May 21st to May 25th 2012, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & the Royal Beach Casino in Frigate Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis.

CEF is the premier sustainable development and environment forum and exhibition in the Caribbean. It brings together over 250 participants from a wide and diverse cross section of professionals and other persons concerned with or involved in environmental and developmental issues in the Caribbean. Typical participants include high level Government officials and representatives from Ministries of Environment, Health, Water, Energy and Agriculture across the Caribbean. Caribbean water, waste and environmental agencies, and international and regional development agencies are also active participants. Environmental NGO's, university students and professors and the private sector are also well represented.

This year's theme is: The Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources

The Green Economy concept has arisen out of the recognition that economic growth does not have to be at the expense of the environment or social equity and in essence should address issues of sustainable development. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has noted that Green Economies are geared towards“ improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. A green economy is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.” The theme also reflects the subject of the United Nations Rio Plus 20 Conference to be held in June of this year.

Papers for CEF- 6 are invited on the following topics:

    • Green Economies
    • Sustainable Consumption and Production
    • Environmental Economics
    • Environmental Health
    • Integrated Water Resources and Coastal Areas Management:
      • e.g. drought mitigation, drinking and recreational water quality,
        rainwater harvesting, legislative and financing mechanisms, policy
        development, aquatic ecology, watershed management and
        coastal zone management
    • Climate Variability and Change
    • Appropriate Technologies and Systems
    • Waste Management:
      • e.g. Solid, Liquid, Hazardous, Bio-medical, Electronic, New Technologies and commodities, Waste to Energy
    • Biodiversity
    • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    • Sustainable Land Management
    • Urban Development and Environment

Caribbean specific papers focusing on applied research, experiences and lessons learned are particularly welcome.

Abstracts are to be submitted on or before March 26th, 2012. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, and should be written in English. Please place the Conference Topic selected from the list provided, above the title. Please list the presenting author first, followed by affiliation (name, organization, address and email). Additional authors including affiliations should then follow. Abstracts are to be submitted electronically to cefpapers@cehi.org.lc. All abstracts will be acknowledged electronically. If you have not received an acknowledgement within 72 hours of submission, please contact the CEF-6 Technical Committee at cefpapers@cehi.org.lc. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via e-mail by April 16th, 2012 and invited to prepare full papers.

Papers should be written in English, using Times New Roman, 12 point and should be no longer than 10 pages (letter size). All text must be either in Microsoft Word or compatible format. Pictures, Diagrams and Charts should in JPEG or GIF format. These must be inserted into the body of the paper and appropriately captioned. The total size of the paper should not exceed 5mb. Please compress images and files as needed. Please place the conference topic selected from the list provided, above the title. Type the body without any indents or tabs. Please list the presenting author first followed by affiliation (name, organization, address and email). Additional authors including affiliations should then follow. All papers are to be submitted electronically to cefpapers@cehi.org.lc. If you have not received an acknowledgement within 72 hours of submission, please contact the CEF-6 Technical Committee at cefpapers@cehi.org.lc.

Papers will be due by May 11th 2012 to allow for final review and acceptance. Each accepted paper is expected to be presented orally using a 20-minute format, followed by a 10 minute question and answer period, time permitting. Multimedia projectors will be available for presentations. Conference papers will be published in the online Conference Proceedings on the CEF website. Please note that acceptance of a paper for presentation does not signify that funding will be made available from the organizers to attend the event. The author will be responsible for his/her arrangements to attend the event. However the presenting author will be entitled to a 10% discount on the conference registration fee.

For further information on the submission of abstracts and papers please contact the CEF-6 Technical Committee at: cefpapers@cehi.org.lc. For information on the conference visit our website at www.cef.org.lc or email the secretariat at cef@cehi.org.lc.