Communication & Outreach

The CETA Sub-programme supports the AMEP and SPAW Sub-programmes for the design, maintenance and dissemination of the information they require or generate, through the existing tools of the CEP or by developing new instruments such as databases, clearing houses, forums, etc. It also promotes the work of CEP and manages the CEP website and other related sites.

 

Coordination

CETA assists in the dissemination of the CEP promotional items and information. The CEP website serves as a reservoir of information relating to its work, the work of its projects and member states. A lot of this information can be found under the Publications and Resources section of the website and include technical reports, information on member states, publications, fact sheets, info-graphic posters, radio programmes, DVDs, PSAs, information on small grants, databases and general information on marine and coastal issues relevant to the CEP mandate.

As its major communication tool, the CEP website is always improving and is therefore maintained and updated on a regular basis making it continuously current to regional and global issues of relevance to the Wider Caribbean Region and maintaining links with complementary websites of regional, national and sub national bodies.

CETA provides support to the convening of technical and intergovernmental meetings of the CEP and coordinates the preparation and dissemination of final meeting reports. These can be found under Meetings and Events. 

It also continues to coordinate responses to requests for information and external surveys on a regular basis and assists with the coordination of the CEP Internship Programme. Our Intern's Blog is a useful source to learn from the experiences of past interns and gives deeper insight of the work of CEP through the eyes of upcoming young professionals. 

Promotion of the Caribbean Environment Programme and its technical Sub-programmes is also at the core of the CETA Sub-programme. CETA continues to raise the visibility of CEP through various outreach activities, competitions and through its social media sites. 

Within the SPAW sub-programme,  CaMPAM has developed a number of tools to esnure that communications among members is comprehensive yet unobtrusive. CaMPAM communication tools include an email list and forum that disseminates information relevant to MPA scientists and practitioners such as grants and jobs opportunities; requests of information; conference announcements; new web sites; webinars; new reports, books and tools; request for proposals; research information; etc. CaMPAM List disseminate messages from other relevant Internet Lists and web sites (GLISPA Discuss; Caribbean Assessment, IRF News, CEO-GEO, WCPA N America and Caribbean, GCFI, etc.) as appropriate, and all messages are archived and readily accessible to subscribers. In addition, CaMPAM coordinates and sponsors sessions and workshops at the Annual Meetings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institutes, where fishers and MPA managers discuss emergent issues, present papers and get exposed to the latest news on marine science in the Wider Caribbean and the world. A virtual library with several dozen freely accessible publications can be browsed by title and their pdf files downloaded.

Strategic Goal and Selected Activities for 2014-2015

Goal

Promote the work of the Caribbean Environment Programme and its subprogrammes, to sensitize governments of the region of the importance of ratification/accession to and implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols, and to increase awareness of the need for the protection and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources.

Activities

Develop and Implement a Communication and Outreach Strategy 

Assist with the implementation of national and regional activities for the promotion of the ratification/accession to the Cartagena Convention and the Oil Spills, LBS and SPAW Protocols

Provide regular updates on the availability of information regarding the protection and development of coastal and marine resources.

Promote the work of CEP at national, regional and international fora

Develop and enhance links with media, in order to raise awareness of the CEP projects and activities and the importance of a healthy marine/coastal environment;

Support capacity building activities and/or sensitisation workshops for environmental journalists in the region to raise the profile of environmental issues in the region.

Coordinate regular updating of CEP website and social media pages - facebook and twitter;.

Maintain databases of the CEP Experts, Institutions and Focal Points.

Explore possibility of using new partners such as regional airlines and the cruise ship industry for showcasing the importance of protecting the coastal and marine resources of the Wider Caribbean Region. .