Project in Brief

Summary: The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is currently providing technical assistance to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission to develop the OECS Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan, which will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean and globally to combine green and blue economy strategies for sustainable development.

 Main activities: Conduct a needs assessment with key policymakers to update the 2018 diagnostic study | Facilitate stakeholder input to identify key objectives, principles and strategies in an overall guiding framework | Present to Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability (COMES) and other OECS policy-makers

Target countries:  OECS Members – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Duration: July – December 2019

Background 

From August 2017 to March 2018, CANARI, in collaboration with the OECS Commission, conducted a diagnostic study entitled, 1Exploring opportunities for transformation to inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies in the Eastern Caribbean

This diagnostic study found that while there were several novel and current initiatives that supported a transition towards green and blue economies in OECS Members, these were largely ad hoc, poorly coordinated and not mainstreamed into national or regional development policy.  The study therefore underscored the need for a more harmonised and purposeful process to fully transition economies in the region, grounded in principles of environmental sustainability, inclusiveness and resilience and based on the region’s strengths, limitations, innate attributes, indigenous talents and specific conditions.

The study was presented to the COMES in July 2018 and again in May 2019.  The Ministers acknowledged the efforts of and the OECS Commission and mandated the Commission to continue to work on the development and implementation of an OECS Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan as contributing to implementation of the OECS Development Strategy.

“The sea is currently a subsistence resource for coastal villagers … these are the real people who are the human focus of our blue economy work …  We want to help them move from subsistence to prosperity.” – Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS Commission

Work to develop the OECS Green-Blue Economy Strategy and Action Plan is the first activity under a Memorandum of Understanding between CANARI and the OECS Commission signed in July 2019.

 

For more information please contact Alexander Girvan at [email protected].

Development of the OECS GreenBlue Economy Strategy and Action Plan is supported through funding provided by the OECS Commission and the European Union (DCI-ENV/2016/372-847). The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of CANARI and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the OECS Commission or the European Union.

 

 

 

1 Also see: CANARI Policy Brief 25: Transitioning to inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies in the Eastern Caribbean and the Eastern Caribbean Green Economy Barometer 2018.