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Caribbean Regional Environmental Programme (CREP)
Wednesday 20, August-2003
The Caribbean Regional Environmental Programme (CREP) is now set to launch
two phases of a million-dollar project involving 13 CARICOM states.
CREP’s work-plan for the launching of a demonstration project at
specific sites in the participating countries and for raising regional
environmental awareness (REA) has been approved, and a total of 2.7 million
Euro has been committed towards these programme components.
The demonstration project has identified a number of amenity
areas in the region of significant ecological and economic value, and
through a process of training and capacity building it is envisioned that
these sites will serve as examples of how similar areas can be better
managed by strengthening collaboration between governments and civil society
“The objective is to set into motion a long-term
sustainable development process where resident communities derive social
and economic benefits from activities which internalise environmental
conservation as the basis for their value,” said Cathal Healy-Singh,
CREP’s programme manager.
of the amenity areas is the Sandy Island/Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area
Healy-Singh also believes the project will assist governments
in formulating policies that would focus on the sustainable use of resources.
“CREP can put good food on the table of the Caribbean
Single Market and Economy by demonstrating how key stakeholders in demonstration
sites can turn the corner towards sustainable use of their natural resources,
by striking a balance between economic activity, social well-being and
environmental management. Ultimately, the lessons learnt are intended
to inform government policy on future development planning,” he
The demonstration projects will be launched in each country
during the period from September to December this year.
The REA component foresees production and dissemination
of five elements; two commercial video productions, a regional syndicated
newspaper column titled Conversations with the Earth, a CD compilation
of songs and poetry on environmental and integration themes by a variety
of Caribbean culture producers, and a radio comedy-drama series set in
a typical Caribbean household, are also foreseen.
Additionally, the prototype for a one-cent money tree‚
will be designed for public spaces.
The video productions will highlight the challenges and
goals of the demonstration projects narrated by children, and the values
and lifestyles of indigenous Caribbean peoples, emphasising their knowledge
and respect for Earth.
Another CREP component – strengthening of regional
environmental information networks (REIN) – using computer workstations
to link 15 Government departments and 13 NGOs with environmental responsibilities
to each other, across the region, is already underway.
Also underway is a capacity-building component through
which the Caribbean Conservation Association and the Caribbean Natural
Resources Institute are developing training modules for Government and
NGO focal point organisations directly involved in implementing the demonstration
projects in the 13 CARICOM States.
The training is in protected areas management and collaborative
management and participatory planning. These institutional capacity-building
initiatives are intended to deepen the regional integration process between
government and civil society.
Compliments of the Nation