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Introduction

CMA map exampleThe CMA Pilot Project began as a joint initiative of 9 countries in the Caribbean region including Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The purpose of the CMA is to identify, collect and organize available geo-spatial datasets into an atlas of environmental themes for the Caribbean region as a support service to the sustainable development and integrated management of marine and coastal areas in the region.

The project is supported by the participating countries, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) through the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) , and the Government of Flanders (Kingdom of Belgium).

The Caribbean Marine Atlas is an activity developed within the framework of the Ocean Data and Information Network for the Caribbean and South America region (ODINCARSA).


Background

On a daily basis many environmental managers and decision makers are confronted with an issue which severely limits their ability to operate effectively, that is, they have a lack of detailed knowledge about the resources they are trying to conserve, protect and manage sustainably. Better knowledge of an environmental resource including its health status, regional and local trends, stress factors and vulnerabilities all lead to better decision making, a truly integrated approach to management, and thus vastly more effective resource conservation.

Thus it becomes apparent that for an integrated approach to coastal management, data is the key. Indeed within the policy cycle of ICAM (planning, implementation, outcome, monitoring, evaluation), data plays a critical role at each stage. It is the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of this data that is the major challenge of the integrated management approach, especially in the Wider Caribbean Region given our limited financial and human resources. However, new and recent technologies such as distributed databases, affordable GIS solutions, and online mapping applications hold the promise of more effective data sharing, archiving, location, interpretation, visualisation and communication to decision makers and the general public. Therefore the development of these systems and supporting infrastructure at both a local and regional level is a top priority if improved sustainable resource management is to be achieved.

In the Caribbean, although often regarded as externalities, environmental and particularly coastal natural resources continue to be the most important socioeconomic agents fuelling national growth for small island states in areas such as tourism and offshore investment. In addition, the management issues such as food security, natural hazards and even climate change adaptation are all heavily dependent on how we manage our coastal and marine resources. And it is only when we harness the full predictive and descriptive power of environmental data through mechanisms which make environmentally themed datasets more open, easier to access and as a result more available for interpretation in a socioeconomic context, that we can ensure sound and sustainable development in the Caribbean Region.

The purpose of the Caribbean Marine Atlas (CMA) is to identify, collect and organize available spatial datasets into an atlas of environmental themes for the Caribbean region, under the sponsorship of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's (IOC) International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) Programmes. The CMA will, through its products and services available at the national and regional levels, contribute to the sustainable development and integrated management of marine and coastal areas in the region. The project also stimulates regional capacity in areas such as spatial data management, web development and data product delivery.


Data Layers


The data layers for the Atlas will be:

  • Regional Scale Data Layers - These layers cover the complete Atlas area of interest.
  • National/Local Scale Data Layers - These layers cover specific countries in the Caribbean. It will be the responsibility of the participating countries to collect and organize data. Some of the data themes that will be included will be provided as "virtual" datasets.
  • Virtual Data Layers - These layers will be provided as links to online web map servers (WMS) or web feature servers (WFS) that produce dynamic maps that can be integrated into the Atlas.


Features of the Atlas


The CMA will be a digital atlas comprising easily downloadable data on various key themes relevant to the marine and coastal environment of the Caribbean. Among these themes are coastal habitats, fisheries, environmental quality, climate change and sea level rise, oceanography, as well as socio-economic aspects. The Atlas will also contain dataset descriptions (metadata) and links to the source data. It is intended both to provide necessary datasets directly to concerned scientists, coastal zone management practitioners, and natural resource managers, and will set the stage for the development of decision-makers' toolkits that rely on geo-spatial information.

The CMA will play an important role in informing decision-makers on issues relating to the marine and coastal environment and it is envisaged the Atlas will become the main entry point for anyone interested in finding information on the coastal and marine environment of the Caribbean.

The development of the CMA will also provide a tool to assist community building and collaboration in the region. It will draw on national human resources to identify issues of concern, define appropriate indicators and locate datasets that can be used in the atlas. In addition, data gaps that require additional resources will be identified. As part of the Atlas development, the IODE programme will provide the necessary training to the relevant persons from each country. The CMA will be built using open source technologies and will be based on international standards to enable the sharing of technological knowledge and resources. The Atlas will encourage the wide dissemination of key datasets by providing access and visualization of these data.

CMA Participants

National Experts


NameCountryContact InformationMeetings Attended
Mr. Luc CLERVEAUX
Turks and Caicos

Environmental Officer, c/o Dept. of 
Environment & Coastal Resources,
National Environmental Centre, Lower
Bight Rd., Providenciales
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BWI.
Tel: 1-649-941-5122
Fax:1-649-946-4793

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Planning Workshop
Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development

Mr. Sean GREEN
Jamaica

National Environment & Planning Agency
10-11, Caledonia Av., Kingston 5
JAMAICA W.I.
Tel: (876) 754-7540 ext 2247
Fax: (876) 754-7594/5
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Planning Workshop
Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development
Dr. Lorna INNISS
Barbados

Coastal Zone Management Unit
Bay Street
St. Michael
BARBADOS  BB11156
Tel: (246) 228-5950
Fax:(246)228-5956
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Planning Workshop
Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Mr. Jerry MITCHELL
Grenada

Marine Protected Areas Office 
Fisheries Division, Ministry of
Agriculture, Botanical Gardens,
Ministerial Complex, 
Tanteen St. George's
GRENADA
Tel: 1473 440 3814, Etx: 2010
Fax: 1473 440 4191
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Planning Workshop

Ing. Adan Zuñiga RÍOS
Cuba

Geologist Engineer/Director
Coastal Ecosystem Research Center,
Centro de Investigaciones de Ecosistemas
Costeros
Cayo Coco, Morón, Ciego de Ávila. 
CUBA. CP 69400 
Tel: (053) 33-301161 & (053) 33-301421
Fax: (053) 33-301151
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Planning Workshop
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Mr. Ramon ROACH
BarbadosWater Quality Analyst
Coastal Zone Management Unit
Bay Street
St. Michael
BARBADOS  BB11156
Tel: (246) 228-5950
Fax:(246)228-5956
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Ms. Sandra TIMOTHY
Trinidad and Tobago

Project Manager, GEF-IWCAM Project,
Buccoo Reef Trust
Cowie's Building, Carnbee Junction,
Auchenskeoch Road, Carnbee
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 
Tel: (868) 635 2000
Fax: (868) 639 7333 
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Planning Workshop

Ms. Sarita WILLIAMS-PETER
Saint Lucia

Fisheries Biologist 
Department of Fisheries 
Ministry of Agriculture, Land,
Forestry and Fisheries 
Pointe Seraphine, Castries 
SAINT LUCIA 
Tel: (758) 468 4139/4138/4145
Fax: (758) 452 3853
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Planning Workshop
Mr. David ALPHONSE
Saint Lucia

Physical Planning Division
Ministry of Physical Development,
Housing, Urban Renewal, and Local
Government
Greaham Louisy Administrative Building 
Waterfront, Castries 
SAINT LUCIA 
Tel: (758) 468 5040
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development
Mr. Nick LAROCQUE
Dominica

Lands & Survey Division
Ministry of Housing, Lands and
Telecommunications, Cork Street,
Roseau, DOMINICA
Tel: (767) 266 3431
Fax: (767) 449 9869
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Mr. Sean PADMANABHAN
Trinidad and Tobago

GIS Research Officer
Information Technology Department
Institute of Marine Affairs
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Tel: (868) 634 4291/2/3/4
Fax: (868) 634 4433
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development
Mr. Don SIMMONS
Turks and Caicos
Department of Lands and Surveys
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BWI.
Tel: (649) 946 2801
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Ocean Data Management

Ms. Gillian MICHELLE-
STANISLAUS

Trinidad and Tobago

Department of Natural Resources
and the Environment
Tobago House of Assembly,
Administrative Complex, Calder Hall,
Scarborough, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Tel: (868)639 1159
Fax: (868)684 7005
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development
Ms. Portia ST. CATHERINE
Saint Lucia

Crown Lands Division
Ministry of Physical Development,
Housing, Urban Renewal, and Local
Government Greaham Louisy Administrative
Building Waterfront, Castries,
SAINT LUCIA
Tel: (758)451-7974
Fax: (758)452-2506
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development
Mr. Derrick THEOPHILE
Dominica

Fisheries Development Division, 
Roseau Fisheries Complex Building,
M.E. Charles Boulevard, Roseau,
COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA
Tel: (767)612-5601
Fax: (767) 448-0140
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development

Mr. Phillip Nessie Bryan
DA SILVA

GuyanaFaculty of Natural Sciences 
University of Guyana 
East Coast Demerara, 
GUYANA 
Fax: (592) 222 - 3596.
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Ms. Melanie HARRIS
Trinidad and Tobago
MSc Student
153 Sata Lucia Drive
Santa Cruz
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Tel: (868) 465-8249
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Data Mining
Web Map Development
Technical Advisers


NameCountry
Contact Information
Meetings Attended
Dr. Murray BROWN
United States

1710B Washington Street
New Smyrna Beach
Florida 32168
United States
Tel: (386) 428-6367
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Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development
Mr. Greg REED
AustraliaExecutive Officer
Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility 
Wylde Street
AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 93593141
Fax: +61 2 93593120
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Planning Workshop
Ocean Data Management
Data Mining
Web Map Development
Mr. Yassine LASSOUED
IrelandMarine Irish Digital Atlas
Ireland
Web Map Development
Ms. Sherry HEILEMAN
FranceConsultant
60, rue Emeriau
Paris 75015
FRANCE
Tel: +33 1 40 59 08 34
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Planning Workshop
Ms. Linda PIKULA

United StatesRegional Librarian
NOAA Central and Regional Libraries
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami Florida 33149
United States
Data Mining
Ms. Pauline SIMPSON
Cayman IslandsProgramme Coordinator
Central Caribbean Marine Institute
PO Box 10152
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands
Planning and Review
IOC/IODE Secretariat


Name
Country
Contact Information
Meetings Attended
Mr. Peter PISSIERSSENS
BelgiumHead,IOC Project Office for IODE
Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende
BELGIUM
Tel: +32-59-34 01 58
Fax: + 32-59-34 01 52
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Planning Workshop
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Web Map Development
Mr. Cesar TORO
ColombiaMr Cesar TORO
IOC/UNESCO Secretary for IOCARIBE
Casa del Marques de Valdehoyos
Cartagena
COLOMBIA
Tel: +57-5-664 63 99
Fax: +57-5-660 0407
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