A green economy and destination is not just the in-phrase for the Commonwealth of Dominica, it is the trajectory that we have been on for a number of years even before we consciously paid attention to the meaning of these words through government policies, individual responsibilities and marketing strategies. Dominica has always been recognized as the Nature Island of the Caribbean and this philosophy has been accepted without dispute. The reasoning is visual; our flora and fauna, our topography, our natural features-waterfalls, rivers, sulphur spa and mostly importantly the way of life of our people, incorporating everyday living in the environment.
A person once asked, “Would it be a bad thing that if Christopher Columbus returned to the region that Dominica would be the only place that he would recognise?” The answer is NO! Amidst the modern buildings, commercial activity, and adapted way of life of our people, Columbus should be able to recognise the unpolluted rivers and seas, the tradition of communities integrated within the new way of living, the flora and fauna, an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and the harmonious relationship with the indigenous people on the island. Aren’t these the elements that make Dominica a green destination, and on which millions of marketing dollars are spent to attract visitors to the island. Our many accolades received are testimony to the fact that we are known as a green destination.
A green destination is part of the sum of the holistic picture of a green economy. Other green considerations are for
- investors and businesses, as standard practice, to focus on investment that adopt eco friendly practises, and to pay attention to the environment in which they operate.
- Government to focus its efforts on the implementation of policies that will serve to transform Dominica in to a green economy.
This has started through the implementation of policy that allows for the waiver of duties on renewable energy equipment, the commitment and advanced work towards geothermal energy and other renewable energy sources, the drive towards beautification of the island and clean-up campaigns and special financial consideration being granted to entities which incorporate alternative energy as part of their development.
WE ARE 4G: Green economy, green investment, green incentives, green destination.
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