Description of project:

Jamaica has a very active civil society network that is working on essential forest governance and management issues, including advocating for forest sustainable management, conservation, and restoration. CANARI and its co-executing partners the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation  (CCAM) and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) are implementing a project to enhance awareness and capacity of Jamaican civil society to engage in participatory budgeting and public finance management (PFM) for the forest sector.

This will support the Government of Jamaica’s programme to strengthen its public finance management (PFM) to improve governance and accountability, fiscal control, efficiency and effectiveness in resource use. The project will build capacity of a national coalition of Jamaican CSOs to engage in collective analysis, advocacy and dialogue with key government agencies to promote development of mechanisms for participatory budgeting/PFM for the forest sector. This will enhance capacity, build readiness and catalyse continued action by key CSOs working in the forest sector to engage in strategic budget formulation, budget analysis and debate, budget execution and reporting, and evaluation for accountability.

Funding is provided by the European Union (FED/2021/428-620) the project is being executed over the period December 2021 to November 2023. See here for the project summary.

 

Highlights:

  • The CSO Coalition for Forests was established with 26 members collaborating on knowledge sharing and learning, collective analysis, advocacy and dialogue with key government agencies to promote the development of mechanisms for participatory budgeting/PFM for the forest sector.
  • A virtual project launch was held May 26, 2022, including remarks from Ambassador Marianne Van Steen, Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica and Mr. Ainsley A. Henry, Chief Executive Officer & Conservator of Forests in the Forestry Department. They welcomed the project and noted its support for engagement of civil society, transformation of the local forest sector and enhanced transparency and efficiency in how funds are expended. See the report here and news items below.

Key activities and results:

  • Develop a national coalition of CSOs: A national CSO Coalition for Forests was established, with 26 members collaborating on knowledge sharing and learning, collective analysis, advocacy and dialogue with key government agencies to promote the development of mechanisms for participatory budgeting/PFM for the forest sector. JCDT serves as the convenor and secretariat. The Coalition will collaborate with other CSOs in Jamaica and engage with government agencies and other partners working on forest conservation and management. See the Terms of Reference here.
  • Conduct study on budgeting/PFM processes for the forest sector: Research will be conducted, and a technical report will be developed on budgeting/PFM processes for the forest sector. This will include identifying existing mechanisms and recommendations for potential opportunities for participatory budgeting/PFM approaches based on good practice in other countries, given that this is new to the Caribbean.
  • Conduct national capacity building workshops: Capacity building workshops will be held for the CSO Coalition members on participatory budgeting/PFM, with participation of key government agencies. At the end of the action, the Coalition will be supported to develop its strategy for moving forward to encourage sustainability and impact of the initiative.
  • Conduct action research and learning processes: Stakeholders at three sites – Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Cockpit Country Protected Area, and Portland-Bight Protected Area – will be engaged in processes to learn about forest budgeting/ PFM at the sub-national level. Case studies will be documented on experiences, lessons and recommendations.
  • Implement awareness and advocacy campaign: An awareness and advocacy campaign strategy will be developed identifying communication objectives, key target audiences, messages, products and pathways, and indicators for evaluation. This will provide the framework for awareness raising on the findings and recommendations of the research and other information gathered, to promote stakeholder engagement in participatory budgeting/PFM for the forest sector.

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For more information, please contact Nicole Leotaud at [email protected].

See related work under CANARI’s Green Economy programme.