JIEP Spotlight (March 2011)

Mr. Peter Reeson - in memoriam

Peter ReesonThe passing of Peter on March 9th, 2011 represents the end of an era for the JIEP.  Peter was one of the founding members and past president of the JIEP and served continuously on the JIEP Council from 2000 until September of last year. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Caribbean Association of Environmental Professionals (CAEP) which was launched at the JIEP Conference in 2007. During his presidency Peter presided over the development of the JIEP’s strategic plan and organized the JIEP’s 2nd Conference on the Environment entitled “Sustainable Development – Myths and Realities”.  Peter represented the JIEP on the JCC Legs and Regs (Legislation and Regulations) Project Technical Advisory Committee that recommended the formation of the pilot Development Assistance Centre (DAC) within NEPA, designed to modernize the Development Applications Approval Process (DAAP).

Educated at the University of the West Indies, Peter held a BSc and an MSc in Zoology.  At the time of his passing Peter was Managing Director of MIND Alliance and Director of the Caribbean Environmental Consulting Services. Prior to this he was Principle Consultant and Director at Environmental Solutions Ltd (1992- 2009); the Director of the Conservation Data Centre – Jamaica (1990-1992); Director, Operations Division at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (1982-1990); Terrestrial Ecologist at the Institute of Marine Affairs (Trinidad and Tobago, 1980-1982); Acting Director of the Aquatic Resources Division, Natural Resources Conservations Department (1975-1980) and Project Leader of the ODA/UWI Fisheries Ecology Research Project (1971-1979).

As an expert in the field of environmental impact assessment Peter conducted studies throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean on a variety of projects including peat for power, tourism resort development, heritage tourism, housing development, irrigation dams, commercial complexes, marine shrimp farms, limestone quarries, bauxite industry,  dairy plants,  airport expansion, harbour dredging, road construction, sewage treatment facilities, landfill development, rural electrification and dry dock expansion.

Peter, a true environmental professional, brought to the JIEP his wealth of experience and passion for protecting the Jamaican environment.  Physically he is no longer with us but his contribution to the sound management of the Jamaican environment is the legacy that will live on.

Marcia Creary,

President 2010-2012


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