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GLISPA Friend Caribbean Challenge Initiative appoints new Envoy St. Lucian Hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy...

St. Lucian Hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy has joined the Caribbean's efforts to address the crisis of marine and coastal resources degradation with her appointment as Envoy of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) in the week of 21st January 20182018 CBF St. Lucian Hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy

From left: Eleanor Phillips, Director of External Affairs for the Caribbean for The Nature Conservancy; German Ambassador to CARICOM and Chairman of the CCI Steering Committee Holger Michael; Karolin Troubetzkoy, new Envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative; and Yabanex Batista, CEO of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund’s CCI (GLISPA Friend) was launched in 2008 in response to the crisis facing the Caribbean's marine and coastal resources. The organization serves as a voluntary, informal and innovative platform uniting a coalition of governments, the private sector and partners around collaborative action to conserve and sustainably manage the Caribbean's diverse marine environment.

Troubetzkoy, the executive director of the storied Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, was appointed to the newly created position following a CCI Steering Committee meeting in Castries.

"It is humbling to be asked to serve in such an important position to help ensure a more prosperous and sustainable future for the region," said Troubetzkoy. "Creating a more resilient marine environment is a critical component to reduce our vulnerabilities to climate change. These regional challenges are best tackled through inter-stakeholder collaboration. I look forward to building awareness of the CCI, its goals and the opportunities presented by this initiative. Investing my time and efforts in this volunteer leadership role is built on my desire to give back to a region which I have called home for many decades."

This is not the first time Troubetzkoy has held a leadership role in the Caribbean; she served as President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association from 2016 to 2018. In St. Lucia, Troubetzkoy has recently been re elected President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, a position she also held from 2010 to 2015. She was instrumental in the creation of St. Lucia's Tourism Enhancement Fund.

 To learn more about the CCI and the new appointment, read the full press release here.