The Government of Grenada (GOG) and the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) are seeking interested persons to contribute to the National Ecosystem Assessment of Grenada (NEA). Specifically, we are seeking Coordinating Lead Authors (CLA), Lead Authors (LA), Contributing Authors (CA), Review Editors (RE), External Reviewers (ER), Fellows (FL), and contributors of local knowledge (CLK) for each of the seven proposed chapters of the National Ecosystem Assessment Report. The proposed chapters and overall report content have been developed based on the NEA Scoping Exercise and have been outlined in the NEA scoping report. Chapter outlines are provided here, and detailed descriptions of roles and minimum requirements for contributors are provided  here. Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple roles and work on more than one chapter provided they meet the minimum requirements. The work and meetings of the CLA, LAs, CAs, FEs and CLKs will be spread out over two years (August 2020-August 2022), REs and ERs will come on board by the second year.

All positions are voluntary, but small stipends will be provided for CLAs and LAs upon report completion. Interested persons are invited to download and fill in the application form available here and to send in the form and their cv to Anastacia Lee Quay [email protected] by June 26th 2020.  A CANARI team member will contact you for follow up by July 15th 2020.

The Grenada NEA is a nationwide ecosystem valuation exercise, which is part of a global initiative on “Supporting decision making and building capacity to support the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) through national ecosystem assessments”.  Your participation as a CLA, LA, CA, RE, ER, FL and CLK will provide you with a much, coveted opportunity and international recognition as an IPBES NEA contributor. All authors and review editor’s names will be stated at the beginning of each chapter (See IPBES guidelines for more information).  All contributors will be acknowledged in the Report credits. Training opportunities on ecosystem valuation, scenarios modelling, and other related topics will also be provided for contributors. For young researchers it is an excellent opportunity to gain research experiences and build your resumes.  It is also unique opportunity, particularly for Grenadian and regional experts to contribute to this pilot initiative, building capacity in Grenada, the Eastern Caribbean and the Wider Caribbean as the first Caribbean island and small island developing state to undertake a nationwide ecosystem valuation exercise.

All contributors will work under the guidance of the Technical Co-chair for the Grenada NEA, Professor John Agard of the University of the West Indies. Support will also be provided by his fellow Co-Chairs Ms. Aria St. Louis, Head of the Environment Division of the Government of Grenada and Ms. Sandra Ferguson, Director of the Agency for Rural Transformation. The development of the NEA will be coordinated by the CANARI team.