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Dominica to host the Caribbean Youth Forum on Environment and Development

In a big win for the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominica has been chosen to host the Caribbean Youth Forum on Environment and Development (CARYFED) activities in August 2024.

Dominica’s year: Sustainable Eco-Tourism in the Caribbean

This year’s CARYFED theme is ‘Sustainable Eco-Tourism in the Caribbean.’

Dominica will host CARYFED buoyed by its own eminent ecotouristic offerings, such as a sprawling national parks system throughout the island.

The home of an UNESCO World Heritage site, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica is well-placed to host this year’s CARYFED event.

These ecotouristic offerings are supported by Dominica’s innovative Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme, which helps the island achieve its climate-resilience vision.

United in a strong mission

CARYFED is an activity that falls under the Project Discovery Dominica initiative.

The mission of the Project Discovery Dominica is to ‘to facilitate the total development of students at the pre-university stage of their development; to build clearly defined bridges linking academic development to community-service and to make students more globally aware, culturally literate, civically engaged and responsive to the needs of others.’

Bringing Caribbean nations together

The project is a collaboration between Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Last year’s event, held in Trinidad and Tobago, was Dominica’s first time participating in the activities. This year’s events run from 7 August to 17 August.

When speaking with Dominica News Online, CARYFED Administrator Beverly Leblanc noted that this event ‘is a big thing for us because we only participated last year and now, we are hosting this year.’

“Everybody that will be coming to Dominica will be coming for the first time, so that is basically a very good thing for our tourism product,’ she added.