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Contact: Rose Marie Harris

Monday, September 15, 2003 -The Barbados based Caribbean Regional Environmental Programme CREP is now set to launch two very important phases of a million dollar project that involves thirteen Caricom states.

CREP’s work plan for the launching of a Demonstration Project at specific sites in the participating countries and for raising Regional Environmental Awareness (REA) has been approved and a total of 2.7 million Euro has been committed towards these programme components.

Programme Technical Officer with CREP, Simone Mangal explains that the launching of the Project is just one component of the programme. “That’s the component that that essentially based on building regional capacity. What we are doing is that we are building the capacity of regional organisations to deliver on their mandate. Canari which is delivering today’s course on participatory planning and collaborative management is actually going to be reaching this course to organisations around the Caribbean that are part of the CREP programme.”

The Project has identified a number of Amenity Areas in the region of significant ecological and economic value and through a process of training and capacity building it is hoped that those sites will be better managed by strengthening collaboration between government and non governmental organisations.

“That component of the programme is very very key. We also have a component that is called a Caribbean Regional and International Awareness programme and what that is doing is focussing on building the awareness around the region on environmental issues. We have something which is called the REIN, which is Regional Environmental and Information Networking and that is focussed on linking together all the organisations in the region with organisations outside so that they can share lessons learnt in terms of resource management,” Mangal ended.

CREP is a sustainable development initiative authorised by the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States CARIFORUM which is represented by the Division of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Barbados. The Saint Lucia leg of the CREP programme began on Monday September 15, 2003.

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