The OECS Commission is developing a strategy to strengthen the engagement of civil society and the private sector in the Eastern Caribbean in environmental management and related sustainable development initiatives.
The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is providing technical assistance to the OECS Commission to develop this stakeholder engagement strategy as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. According to a statement, this initiative will fulfill a mandate of the OECS Council of Ministers for Environmental Sustainability (COMES). It is supported by the European Union within the framework of the BioSPACE project of the OECS Commission.
The strategy will provide guidelines for the engagement of civil society (including national and community groups) and private sector stakeholders (including resource users, user associations and micro-based enterprises. nature). It will be used by the public sector agencies of the OECS, the OECS Commission and their partners working on biodiversity and ecosystem management in the OECS region. It will cover all OECS members: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The strategy development process will include a review of the OECS ‘policies, strategies, plans and key initiatives as well as consultations with key target group stakeholders through interviews, focus groups and webinars. in August and September 2021. It will build on previous experiences, lessons learned, best practices and recommendations from stakeholders to provide a practical guide on mechanisms and tools to reach different target groups so that they can engage effectively in environmental management in the OECS.
Ultimately, this will protect ecosystems and biodiversity, ensure food and water security, improve climate resilience, while supporting the economic development, livelihoods and well-being of the people of the OECS.