Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

The Hon. Dr Kedrick Pickering

British Virgin Islands
The Hon. Dr Kedrick Pickering
Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour

Dr. Pickering is currently serving his fifth term in elective office, since 2011, having resoundingly won his district in the last elections. He has, throughout his life, been deeply involved in community development and has also had a longstanding interest in matters pertaining to the environment. He has served for several years on the board of the BVI National Parks Trust and now, in his capacity as a Minister of Government, he has played a central role in the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, intended to catalyze the high-level political will needed to protect and better manage marine and coastal resources across the region, the European Union (EU)-Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Forum, and the BVI’s Climate Change Policy. A physician by training, specialized in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Pickering continues to maintain a private practice as Obstetrician/Gynecologist and co-owner of a multi-disciplinary medical practice in the British Virgin Islands. Dr. Pickering is married to Alice née Henry and they have four children.

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

The British Virgin Islands joined Global Island Partnership to share our experience as an island with our partners in preserving our environment, which include biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. Moreover, the Virgin Islands is interested in also learning from the experience of others.  In doing so, we can create a meaningful and sustainable partnership to promote best practices in island conservation and conservation in general at an international level for the sustainability of the planet.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

The Territory has gained from the experience of engaging with a broader community of small island states that are concerned with the health and well-being of the planet.  In particular, the Virgin Islands has lent its voice to the dialogue as to the place and the future of SIDS through the SIDS meeting in Samoa, the Paris Agreement forged at the UNFCCC COP and the World Conservation Congress, amongst other fora.   The Caribbean Challenge Initiative and its Summit of Political and Business Leaders held in Necker Island has provided the impetus to identify opportunities for collaboration in the establishment of Protected Areas, whilst creating sustainable financing mechanisms.  The Virgin Islands has a continued interest in advocating on behalf of SIDS and to lend its voice of support to global initiatives that will assist countries to improve biodiversity conservation and provision of ecosystem services and adapt to climate change.