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Saint Lucia National Stakeholder Meeting

The inaugural national stakeholder meeting on August 6th, 2010 in Saint Lucia was the first in a series of national stakeholder events aimed at sensitizing the local marine and coastal zone stakeholder community to the national marine atlas project and its progress, receive feedback and identify potential partners.  The event was held at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay, and drew representatives from government (Fisheries Division, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Marine Police, Survey Department, Physical Planning Unit, Crown Lands Division), the private sector (Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority, Soufrierre Marine Management Authority, Watercraft Committee, Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay Marinas, Saint Lucia National Trust) and international governmental organizations (UNEP CEP, Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States).

Participants were treated to presentations on a number of topics including the goals, activities and achievements of the IOC/IODE; issues concerning effective marine data management in the Caribbean; the variety of applications of coastal web atlases; and the history and progress of the CMA project. Following the presentations, attendees were split into groups and asked to provide feedback on a number of questions related to coastal zone management policy and the management of marine data. The responses highlighted the fact that limited human resources were a major issue in Saint Lucia with regard to implementing a comprehensive coastal zone management plan, with a lack of resources available for marine data management tasks being just a component of the larger issue. However the exercise also revealed some positives, including the fact that a moderate amount of national coastal data does exist, and that there is active private sector interest in and preliminary support for a national marine atlas project.

A full description of the meeting is available as the second part of IOC Workshop Report 235.