Description of project

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) played a significant role in the development of the draft Caribbean Biodiversity Strategy (CBS) in 2018. In 2019 the OECS Member States and the OECS Commission furthered this work by developing the OECS Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management Framework and Strategic Action Plans (OECS-BEF) for implementation of OECS-specific priority areas of the CBS.

The OECS-BEF focused on actions to manage critical biodiversity and ecosystems issues especially in light of the growing need for climate adaptation in the OECS islands. The Framework also assisted OECS Member States in meeting obligations under multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the SAMOA Pathway. It also advances the goals of OECS environmental policies and strategies such as the St. George’s Declaration of Principles on Environmental Sustainability and the Growth and Development Strategy.

As such, the Caribbean Natural Resource Institute (CANARI) was engaged in this technical assistance project to develop the OECS-BEF and Strategic Action Plans (SAPs). The project commenced in May 2019 and was completed in June 2020. More information on the project can be found here.

Highlights

The development of the OECS-BEF and SAPs was guided by the OECS Commission and OECS Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management Committee (OECS-BEMC). The documents were informed by online surveys and stakeholder feedback through social media, emails and during webinars. The final OECS-BEF and SAPs were noted and endorsed by the 7th Meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers: Environmental Sustainability in June 2020.

 

 

Key Resources and Outputs

 

For more information on the project, contact Dr Natalie Boodram, Senior Technical Officer, at [email protected].

Photo caption: The tree Bursera simaruba, also known as Gumbo Limbo is commonly found in the dry forests of Grenada. Credit Natalie Boodram.