Description of project:

Since 2010, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has been engaging Caribbean stakeholders in dialogues to explore ‘green economy’ in the Caribbean context and the pathways for transformation of our economic development models. One of the needs recognised is to engage local stakeholders, including civil society and resource users in communities, in movements to shape and create the green economy policies that respond to local realities. The Green Economy Coalition (GEC), of which CANARI is a member, responded to this need with a global project “Creating enabling policy conditions for the transformation towards an inclusive green economy being funded by the European Commission”. The project has established seven national/regional hubs in the global south, including one in the Caribbean which CANARI is managing under the #GE4U: Transformation towards an inclusive green economy in the Caribbean project. See here for the project summary.

Highlights

  • CANARI and other members of the Green Economy Coalition launched the Santa Cruz Declaration on Local Green Enterprises – a global call to action from manufacturers, producers, business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators, and local communities in recognition of the vital importance of smaller businesses to addressing global challenges. Check it out and sign the Declaration to join this global campaign!
  • CANARI has developed the Local Green-Blue Enterprises Radar as a tool to help community enterprises to assess how they are delivering ‘triple-bottom line’ economic, environmental and social benefits and opportunities for continued strengthening. The tool is still being piloted and will be published in 2019.
  • CANARI has conducted a diagnostic study Exploring opportunities for transformation to inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies in the Eastern Caribbean in collaboration with the OECS Commission.  This can contribute to development of a strategic action plan for an inclusive green economy in the OECS, called for by the OECS Council of Ministers for Environmental Sustainability.

Key activities and results

The project is seeking to achieve three main results:

  • Inclusive civil society movements supporting the development and implementation of green economy policies – one at national and one at regional level
  • Civil society, small businesses, policy makers and researchers working closely together to implement inclusive transitions to green economies through changes to policies, practice and legislation
  • Evidence, inventions and recommendations being employed within national, regional and international processes

The project will achieve these high-level results through the following specific outputs and activities:

  • Building Caribbean knowledge and networks for green economy transformations:
    • Regional multi‐stakeholder green economy network convened and conducting action learning and advocacy: The Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group (GE ALG) has been reconvened with an updated Terms of Reference and 27 members from diverse sectors across the Caribbean islands are working together to catalyse change.   A meeting was held in October 2017 to facilitate input into shaping a Caribbean dialogue and movements for transformation to an inclusive green economy in the Caribbean (see report).  Members discussed the vision and principles for an inclusive green economy in the Caribbean context, conducted a stocktaking on the evolution and the status of green economies in the Caribbean, and assessed the potential for a green economy transition in T&T based on green enterprises.  Monthly webinars are being held to share knowledge and collectively analyse issues and opportunities.
    • Online Caribbean Green Economy Knowledge Platform established (see concept): This is currently in development and will be launched in 2018 to showcase green economy initiatives from across the Caribbean.
    • Case studies on green economy initiatives in the Caribbean documented and communicated to key target audiences: Case studies from Trinidad and Tobago are in development.  See here for the case study on the Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guides Association in Trinidad and Tobago.  Look out for more case studies coming soon!
    • One global GEC event hosted in the Caribbean: CANARI co-hosted the annual Green Economy Coalition global meeting November 1-3, 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago.  The theme of the meeting was “Green enterprises: driving the transition from local to global” to focus on the potential of small and micro enterprises to drive new approaches to economic development.  See the report here and Reflections on our 2017 global meeting by the Green Economy Coalition.
  • Exploring opportunities for green economy transformation in the Eastern Caribbean small islands:
    • Diagnostic study conducted and sub‐regional dialogue
    • held with policy makers to explore potential pathways to green economy transitions in the Eastern Caribbean: In collaboration with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, CANARI conducted a diagnostic study of potential opportunities and capacity needs for a transition to inclusive and sustainable economic development in the Eastern Caribbean.  This was presented to the OECS Council of Ministers for Environmental Sustainability in July 2018 and will be used to inform development of a strategic action plan for an inclusive green economy in the OECS. See here for the full report Exploring opportunities for transformation to inclusive, sustainable and resilient in the Eastern Caribbean; also check out the Eastern Caribbean Green Economy Barometer 2018 here.
  • Building knowledge and readiness for green enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago (see GETT Going concept):
    • National multi‐stakeholder SME network convened and acting as leaders, change agents and innovators for promoting green enterprises as a pathway to a green economy in Trinidad and Tobago: A Trinidad and Tobago Action Learning Group on Small and Micro Enterprises (TT SME ALG) has been established (see Terms of Reference) comprising 30 members from enterprises and support agencies.  Members have been working together to analyse how green enterprises deliver economic, environmental and social benefits and how they can be better supported, including by more enabling national and sectoral policies.  Activities so far included:
      • A workshop on February 15-16, 2017 to assess the current national context and learn from experiences of the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project as a green enterprise (see here for the workshop report)
      • A meeting on April 20, 2017 to review the draft National Development Strategy 2016-2030 (Vision 2030) and the draft National Environmental Policy for Trinidad and Tobago and assess how these policies can provide clear direction to enable green enterprises to play a greater role in T&T’s development
      • Field exercises with local green enterprises to pilot the CANARI Local Green-Blue Enterprise Radar as a tool to help enterprises to assess their delivery of economic, social and environmental ‘triple-bottom line’ benefits
      • A national workshop on July 20, 2018 to launch a movement to support local green-blue enterprises
  • Diagnostic study conducted and national green economy dialogue held in Trinidad and Tobago to raise awareness and build readiness for using SMEs as a pathway to a green economy transition with recommendations made for policy and practice: A diagnostic study is being prepared with input from the TT SME ALG and will be finalised in 2018.
  • Documentation of case studies on SMEs as green and social enterprises from across the Caribbean, using the Green Enterprise Radar. See here for the case study on the Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guides Association in Trinidad and Tobago.  Look out for more case studies coming soon!

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For more information, contact Nicole Leotaud, Executive Director at nicole@canari.org.

See related work under CANARI’s Green Economy programme.

Tags / keywords: Green economy, Economic development, Sustainable development, Action learning group, Small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), Renewable,energy, Blue Economy.