Since February 2008. Mr. Springer has been leading the execution of the OAS’s Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development, which provides an integrated framework for the provision of capacity building and technical cooperation to OAS Member States in thematic areas such as: Circular Economy/Closed Looped Cycling (CE/CLCP); Ecosystems Management; Integrated Water Resources Management; Sustainable Energy; Disaster Risk Management; and Environmental Law, Policy and Governance. Recently his Department successfully completed the execution of four CE/CLCP projects, the first such initiatives in the Americas.
Before joining the OAS, Mr. Springer served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Tourism, Public Utilities and Civil Aviation (1992-1994), and Planning, Development, Environment and Housing (1994-1997) in his native Saint Lucia. In these roles, he successfully championed for the establishment of a National Economic Social and Consultative Council as a participatory decision-making mechanism to infuse sustainability principles in economic, social and environmental policy. As Adviser, Policy and Strategy Development with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, (1998-2001) he supervised the preparation of an OECS Development Charter and Strategy, which were later approved by OECS Heads of Government.
Mr. Springer has represented Saint Lucia on several regional and international bodies including as Alternate Governor to the World Bank. He led Saint Lucia’s delegation at the Preparatory Sessions of the Rio Summit (1992) and at the Summit itself; and at the UN Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. In these roles, Mr. Springer contributed to the negotiation of Agenda 21 and the Barbados Programme of Action as a member of the CARICOM Task Force on Environment and Development. Mr. Springer currently serves as: a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Group on Vulnerability and Resilience of Small States; and as Program Adviser on the Green Economy with the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute.
Cletus Springer is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Public Administration and Mass Communication respectively); Oxford Brookes University (Urban Planning); and Aberdeen University (Environmental Impact Assessment). A recipient of multiple awards for Creative Journalism, Mr. Springer has written scores of technical papers and has contributed to several books on sustainable development.