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Environmental Expert to Lecture Thursday at UVI

Dr. John Agard, a professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of the West Indies, will give a presentation entitled, "Environment in Development: The Impact of Climate Change," on Thursday, November 20, at 8:30 a.m. in Business 110 on UVI's St. Thomas Campus. The presentation will be videoconferenced to Evans Center 401 on the St. Croix campus.

Dr. Agard is an expert on the environment, having served as a lead author in the United Nations initiated Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) published in 2005. He also served as a coordinating lead author of the 2007 UNEP Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-4). He is also lead author of the Small Islands Chapter of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. The MA authors received the Zayed Prize for the Environment while the IPCC and Al Gore shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

At the regional level, Dr. Agard is a co-leader of the Caribbean Sea Assessment (CARSEA), published in 2007. He is a member of the Caribbean Sea Commission formed by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) to advance the cause of integrated management of the Caribbean Sea. He is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Task Force on Climate Change.

Dr. Agard's visit is being hosted by the UVI Division of Science and Mathematics. For further information please contact Dean of the division of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Camille McKayle, at 693-1238.