(GIS) — The ongoing third round of National Consultations under the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP) will continue in Saint Lucia on Nov. 3 and 4.
CROP is currently being implemented by the OECS Commission on behalf of five of its member states: Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The project seeks to strengthen Ocean Governance as well as Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning and develop a Regional Marine Spatial Planning Framework for the wider OECS region.
In this round of consultation policy makers and key stakeholders in the maritime sector will be engaged to review and refine the draft coastal and marine spatial plans that were devised in the first two rounds of consultations among the five countries.
Project Manager, Susana Scott spoke on the importance of the consultative stage in developing the Coastal Master Plans and Marine Spatial Plans for Member States.
“The first and second round of consultations helped to collate information to design the plans and now that we have these drafts they will be taken again to stakeholders to be able to refine the products. After that, we will have regional validation meetings to validate that these are the documents that will be carried forward.”
The consultations which are being held virtually are being facilitated by Dillon Consulting Ltd., the consulting firm spearheading the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning component of the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project. St. Kitts & Nevis was the first of the five countries to hold its third round of national consultations, October 27-29th; Saint Lucia will follow this week; Grenada and St. Vincent & The Grenadines’ consultations are scheduled for November 17-19 and Dominica’s is scheduled for November 24 -26.