Healthy Happy Animals - Healthy Happy Communities
Through creative initiatives, we work with concerned individuals to promote the health and well-being of people, animals and our shared, fragile environment. We undertake this mission with humility, passion, hope and faith in a common humanity.
Asclepius Green uses an Ecohealth or One Health approach to address challenges at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health in the Caribbean. Ecohealth is " ... a systemic, participatory approach to understanding and promoting health and well-being in the context of social and ecological interactions." (*)
Our approach is adaptive, creative and collaborative. We undertake programmes that are implementation-focused and research that is problem-relevant. We specialise in dynamic collaborations to complement ongoing initiatives. We learn by doing and engage on social, economic and ecologic fronts. We acknowledge that we are working under conditions of urgency and uncertainty in face of immense challenges and immense possibilities.
(*) Waltner-Toews, D., 2009. Eco-Health: A primer for veterinarians. The Canadian Veterinary Journal, 50(5), pp.519-521.
Dr. Adana N. Mahase-Gibson
PMP, DVM, BA (History, Human Resource Management)
Adana is a project management professional (PMP) and veterinary practitioner. She has been working in the sustainability field with rural communities, NGOs and CBOs in Trinidad and Tobago for more than a decade implementing and leading projects. Adana has worked in the corporate sector in communications and human resources. She has experience in training and development, industrial relations and social innovation. She also taught history and social studies at the secondary school level (ages 11-16). Adana's varied experience has put her in a unique position to facilitate discussions from puppy diarrhoea to corporate social responsibility.
PMP, Dipl.Bio. Uni (MSc), PADI MSDT
Aljoscha has been working tirelessly in the Caribbean for the past 15 years on hands-on implementation, strategic planning and policy development as an independent expert with government, private and NGO communities. Aljoscha has coordinated and supervised undergraduate and post-graduate students in marine and terrestrial field research, responsible tourism and environmental design for European universities in Tobago. He is a professional diving (PADI) Instructor and guest lectures at tertiary level institutions. His current PhD work is centered around artificial reefs and coastal zone management. Aljoscha works with national, regional and international funding agencies, as Project Lead for eco-agro tourism and other sustainable development projects around the Caribbean. He also gives of his time to support other environmental NGOs as a technical expert.
MSc (Sustainable Tourism & Management), BSc (Tourism & Hospitality Management)
Joanna is a lecturer at Trinidad & Tobago Tourism and Hospitality Institute and focuses on environmental and sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. She is also an independent consultant and has worked with NGOs, community-based organisations, (CBOs) on a variety of sustainable development initiatives. Joanna's work includes EU funded Caribbean Environment Programme catered to capacity building efforts and establishing patrols for nesting turtles in Trinidad & Tobago.
Dr. Keith William Gibson
PhD (Environmental Design), MSc (Behavioural Ecology), BSc (Biology)
Keith is a mission driven researcher and practitioner in the field of sustainability. He has a strong background in the theory and practice of sustainability, resilience, quantitative research, environmental design and social innovation. Keith has worked with people and animals in the wild, community halls, classrooms and conference rooms from the Canadian prairies to the Caribbean Sea.
Why Asclepius Green?
Asclepius was an ancient Greek physician who through myth and legend came to be worshiped as the God of Healing. The staff of Asclepius, a single serpent encircling a rod is the symbol for Western medicine.
Green is associated in Western culture with nature, conservation and with responsible, sustainable lifestyles. We feel that it invokes the spiritual heritage of the Caribbean embodied in the folk characters Papa Bois and Maman De L'eau and the beauty, uncertainty, wildness and awe in the face of nature that they represent.
Asclepius Green therefore represents an approach to societies' pressing challenges that combines the contributions of Western medicine with our heritage of respect for nature.