Policy makers from five members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will meet later this month to review and validate Coastal and Marine Spatial Plans for their respective countries.
The OECS said developing Coastal and Marine Spatial Plans is a major component of the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP), which is currently being implemented by the OECS Commission on behalf of five Member States – Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
A Regional Marine Spatial Planning Framework for the wider OECS is also being developed.
The five states engaged in consultation on the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) from October to November of 2020
“The CMSPs set the stage for blue growth investments and offer a 15-year timeframe to support the transition towards a Blue Economy through sustainable and equitable use of coastal and marine space, protecting coastal and marine ecosystems, and managing land-water interactions,” the OECS stated.
“Guided by an evidence-based Island Systems Management approach and developed using a participatory process of stakeholder engagement, the plans serve as national blue economy roadmaps with interventions and investments aimed at achieving mutually reinforcing outcomes of good governance, economic growth, equitable development, environmental protection and climate resilience in the coastal and marine space.”
The Validation Forum to review and validate Coastal and Marine Spatial Plans for the five CROP participating Member States is slated for Friday 26 February 2021, at 2 pm.
Registration for the OECS CEO Breakfast and Exhibition is now open at https://oecsceobreakfast.vfairs.com/en/registration .