Angela Burnett was born and raised in the Virgin Islands (British). In 2007 she graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development. Her senior thesis focused on a sustainable model for tourism development. Angela also holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Her primary goal as an environmental manager and planner is to promote sustainable and progressive communities that balance environmental, social and economic ambitions.
Since 2008 Angela has served with the Virgin Islands’ Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour as an Environmental Officer focused on climate change; she also spent a brief stint with the Town and Country Planning Department. Angela has designed and conducted a vulnerability and capacity assessment of the tourism sector to climate change, authored the Territory’s Climate Change Policy, helped lead the development of the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund, managed local implementation of regional climate change projects, been integrally involved in development of pilot adaptation projects in communities and implemented public education programming.
While continuing to advance the climate change agenda, Angela is also involved in major legislative, policy and planning initiatives, including the current development of a comprehensive environment bill, land and marine estate policy and national physical development plan.
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Sustainable tourism is the only option for a natural resource dependent Caribbean destination. In a changing global climate regime, sustainable tourism cannot be achieved in the absence of climate change adaptation. I’m excited to share the Virgin Islands’ approach to ensuring sustainable financing to help its tourism sector adapt to climate change impacts.