Description of project:
CANARI is providing technical assistance to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission to develop a strategy that can guide its engagement of key stakeholders in the civil society and private sectors to contribute to efforts aimed at the management and sustainable use of marine and terrestrial biodiversity in the OECS. The Stakeholder Engagement Strategy developed will fulfil a mandate from the OECS Council of Ministers for Environmental Sustainability and is supported under the OECS Commission’s BioSPACE project (OECS/BioSPACE/2021/SER_02) funded by the European Union.

The Strategy will provide guidelines for engagement of civil society (including national and community-based groups) and private sector stakeholders (including resource users, user associations and nature-based micro-enterprises). It will be used by public sector agencies in the OECS, the OECS Commission, and their partners working on biodiversity and ecosystems management in the OECS region. This work will take place from July to September 2021. See here for project summary.

• The OECS Commission is holding a regional webinar to get stakeholder input on the draft OECS Stakeholder Engagement Strategy on October 15, 2021. Stakeholders can register at this link.

Key activities and results:
• CANARI will conduct a desk review and interviews with the OECS Commission and develop the initial outline of the Strategy.
• CANARI will conduct interviews with private sector, civil society and government stakeholders on their needs, expectations, lessons, good practices and opportunities for effective engagement.
• Based on this input, CANARI will develop a draft Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and consult with civil society, private sector and governmental and regional agencies to get their feedback and input via a regional webinar and outreach including via social media and other platforms.
• CANARI will develop a final draft of the Strategy, a 3-page summary for target OECS Commission and government users who want to engage stakeholders in their work, and an infographic for civil society and private sector beneficiaries who will be engaged.

Coming soon.

Recent news and blogs:

Related publications:
Facilitating participatory natural resource management: A toolkit for Caribbean managers (English, Spanish, French)

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

See related work under CANARI’s Civil Society and Governance programme.