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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
106181
Status
Published
Date of creation
2014-12-05 23:04 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2018-04-11 19:30 UTC (jannel.gabriel@govt.lc)
Date of publication
2018-04-12 13:34 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Saint Lucia
Profile of the Expert
Since my elementary school days I have always had a keen interest in issues relating to science and the enviroment. Currently I am working as an agricultural officer, administering technical advice to farmers, on all aspects of crop production, environmental issues and socioeconomics. I am presently undergoing studies in poverty reduction and policy with the University of London via the external program. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from the University of London and have completed a number of courses such as, Understanding Poverty, Environmental Science and Management, The Science of Environmental Change, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Sociology, Introduction to Biodiversity Conservation and finally Climate Change and Development. I am currently a member of the National Coordinating Steering Committee of the Biosafety Implementation Project of my country. I have had training in  Agricultural Environmental Risk Assessment at UWI in Barbados.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Mr Cletus Alexander
Dennery
Castries
Saint Lucia
Phone:1758 3842164 ,7254515, 4533242
Email:jarfinley@yahoo.com
Gender
  • Male
Nationalities
  • Saint Lucian
Date of birth
1970
Place of birth
Saint Lucia
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Government of Saint Lucia
Acronym
GOSL
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Extension Advisory Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development and Cooperatives
Main responsibilities
Giving technical advice to farmers
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Saint Lucia
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Banana Recovery Unit
Acronym
BERU
Type of organization
  • Intergovernmental organization (IGO)
Main areas of responsibility
Care and management of tissue culture plantlets
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Mabouya Valley Development Project
Acronym
MVDP
Type of organization
  • Intergovernmental organization (IGO)
Main areas of responsibility
Giving technical advice to farmers
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Saint Lucia Fire Service
Acronym
SLFS
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Fire Officer responding to fire hazards and events to prevent loss of life and property
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management
Name of academic institution
University of London
Start date
2012
Ending date
2012
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Diploma in Agriculture
Certificate in Gender Issues in Environmental and Agarian Change UWI
Certificate in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction From ADPC
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • LMO monitoring
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
Awards and Professional Memberships
Professional memberships
University of London Alumni Association
Trust For The Management of Rivers
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Steering Committe member of the Biosafety Implementation Project. Main responsibilities is to bring the agriculture and farmers' perspective to bear in discussions on biosafety issues and sharing of biosafety management information with fellow officers
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • English
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • French Creole
/B
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
Key Professional References
Dr.  Felix Jaria, Director of Agricultural Services ,758-4684129, Ministry of Agriculture, Saint Lucia, das@govt.lc
Additional Information
Additional Information
As an agricultural officer I think it is very important for persons like myself to acquire as much information as possible on biosafety. Agriculture is very dependent on biodiversity so it is in our best interest that we protect and conserve our biodiversity. Biosafety is becoming an issue for us as a small nation because there are lots of risks associated with that technology and no one knows what the implication of it will be in the future. Hence the need for training in risk management and assessment.