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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 stakeholders.

CREP has four areas of focus:

Developing and strengthening Regional Environmental Information Networks;
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 Caribbean;
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 implementation phase;
Seeks collaboration with other similar programmes and projects.

CREP's Objectives

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 biodiversity;
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 sites;
Increased capacity of Regional/national non-governmental institutions to contribute to sustainable development;
Promotion of public awareness and support for environmental protection imperatives;
Strengthened Regional environmental information networking.

Information compliments of

Caribbean Regional Environment Programme
"Chelford", The Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados
Tel: (246) 427-2520,

Fax: (246) 228-5608,

E-mail: Webmaster

BARBADOS-based Caribbean Regional Environmental Programme (CREP) is now set to launch two phases of a million-dollar project involving 13 CARICOM states.



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