2nd Entry

Posted by Sean Chedda at Oct 26, 2017 10:11 AM |
These past few weeks here at UN Environment (UNEP) have been very entertaining and have gone by very quickly and half of my internship has passed by in a blink of an eye.

On my second week here I had the opportunity to attend a workshop organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entitled “Capacity-building workshop for Caribbean Small Island developing States towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 9”.  It was very interesting as it gave me a firsthand experience on how representatives of the biodiversity conservation sector and the national plant protection organization from SIDS in the Caribbean interact with each other; on how every island has its own particular issues;  and how sometimes productive dialogue can be difficult.

I spent the rest of the month getting more familiar with the strategic plans of the Regional Seas Conventions around the world.  This gave me the instruments and information to write a draft report and questionnaires which are part of the first step to gather the information needed to draft the first document on the new strategy for CEP.  I have also started writing an issues paper which will be the first step to develop a series of policy briefs on each issue.

Last week I attended a second workshop entitled “Major Aspects of the Coastal Environmental Management”.  Its purpose was to develop a proposal of an environmental management instrument intended to improve marine environmental conditions of the participating countries.  It included two days of theoretical and practical sessions to acknowledge the main sources of marine pollution in each country of the Caribbean Community.  The third day they took us to the beach to collect samples of micro and macro plastics which we then analyzed.  This experience was really fascinating as I had never worked on a scientific investigation before.

I had the chance to go around Kinston and it is a very beautiful and interesting city, you can pass from the noisy traffic to the silence and calm of Emancipation Park which is a beautiful park.

Challenges faced: I have never written an issues paper before, so I am having some difficulties in drafting it especially because it requires a minimum of technical knowledge on the different issues.

Lessons learned: Attending the workshops gave me a glimpse on the difficulties and the environmental issues faced by the Caribbean countries.  Meeting people who have worked on these issues for years and listening to them sharing their experiences was a real lesson.