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CREP is a programme designed to strengthen Regional cooperation
and build greater awareness of environmental issues in The Caribbean Forum
of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM)* - Haiti and the
Dominican Republic are covered under a separate programme.
At specific sites, CREP will demonstrate that the Region’s
natural resources and biodiversity can be better protected and managed
to bring greater social, economic, environmental, aesthetic and other
benefits to this and succeeding generations.
CREP commenced in January 2001. It is constituted as a
four year programme but recognised as a dynamic process whose mission
and activities are to be sustained by Regional and national environmental
CREP has four areas of focus:
Developing and strengthening Regional Environmental Information
Promoting environmental public education and awareness
Building the capacity of regional environment institutions;
Establishing sustainable living demonstration sites in “Amenity
Areas” – natural areas having significant ecological, social,
recreational and economic value
* CARIFORUM Member States
Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican
Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia,
St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago
Why is CREP necessary?
A major reason for the establishment of the Programme was that CARIFORUM
recognised that “major stakeholders in the Region are not sufficiently
alarmed nor fully appreciate the social and economic values at risk if
environmental protection is ignored.”
CREP is therefore addressing the crucial issues of awareness
and consciousness raising as well as practical demonstration.
How CREP is managed
CREP is being implemented by the Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA)
with the assistance of a Programme Management Unit (PMU). The PMU comprises
a programme manager, technical officer, information officer, programme
administrator, administrative assistant and a secretary.
The PMU is overseen by a Joint Executive Committee (JEC),
which meets twice per year to receive, review and approve the Annual Work
Plans prepared by the PMU, as well as regular technical and progress reports.
The JEC comprises:
The Delegation of the European Commission in Barbados and the Eastern
The Implementing Agency (Caribbean Conservation Association);
The Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI);
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI);
The Government of Guyana;
The Government of Belize;
The Government of Dominica;
The Deputy Regional Authorising Officer (DRAO) – the Permanent Secretary,
Economic Planning, Ministry of Economic Development, Barbados.
The Programme Manager of CREP is the ex-officio Secretary of the JEC
How CREP works
Implementation will be based on a first year of consultation with governmental
and non-governmental stakeholders for assessment of needs, identification
of priorities and recommended action. Professionals will be engaged from
ACP states and the EU to execute specific tasks.
Implementation considerations of CREP are that it:
Avoids duplication of previous assessments;
Does not create new structures but supports existing institutions;
Promotes decentralised co-operation between governments, communities and
partners in civil society;
Seeks equity between all stakeholders at all levels of implementation;
Carries out specific activities towards programme sustainability during
Seeks collaboration with other similar programmes and projects.
What will CREP achieve?
Development of co-management models for greater cooperation
between governments and civil society to manage natural assets;
Greater integration in approach to protection and management of Regional
Development of new and/or expansion of existing protected areas;
Better environmental quality at selected demonstration sites;
Improved income and quality of life for communities in and around demonstration
Increased capacity of Regional/national non-governmental institutions
to contribute to sustainable development;
Promotion of public awareness and support for environmental protection
Strengthened Regional environmental information networking.
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