FEE is an international agency based in Copenhagen, Denmark and locations for the agency’s Board meetings are usually chosen according to the interest in the development of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and of the FEE programs such as Blue Flag.
The Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company (TDC) together with Asclepius Green, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) responsible for the co-ordination of the Blue Flag programme in Trinidad and Tobago has actively been advocating for the implementation of the initiative locally and the award was recently conferred upon Las Cuevas Beach Facility, currently making Trinidad and Tobago the only country in the Southern English speaking Caribbean to have a Blue Flag certified beach.
Commenting on the TDC’s relationship with FEE, Mr. Keith Chin, TDC’s Chief Executive Officer, said that “working together with FEE and Asclepius Green on the development and implementation of sustainable programs in Trinidad and Tobago will result in significant improvements and growth in the tourism industry. The TDC recognizes the value that the FEE programs will contribute to the quality and standard of life in Trinidad and Tobago and will continue to push for the further implementation of these initiatives throughout Trinidad and Tobago.”
The agency, originally the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (FEEE), was established in 1981, and has established partnerships with the United National World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
While in Trinidad and Tobago the FEE Board members paid a courtesy visit to the TDC and used the opportunity to sensitize the local and international public of the TDC’s role in establishing Trinidad and Tobago as a destination focused on sustainable development of the tourism sector. The members were also hosted by the TDC at a cocktail reception where they were treated to some of the local cuisine and entertainment, including a performance by local extempo artiste Black Sage.