4th Entry

Posted by Sean Chedda at Aug 12, 2015 05:42 PM |
I am already three months in!! Not much has changed regarding the tasks that I have been given to work on since my last blog; however I am thrilled to have and share office with our new intern, who joined the team on July 15, 2015!

Her name is Charlotte and she will be working with the CETA sub- programme. You can learn more about her and her experiences since moving to Jamaica on her blog.

During the past month, I have spent a great deal of time researching and developing factsheets on plastics and micro plastics, ocean acidification, the invasion of Sargassum in the Caribbean marine environment among other emerging environmental issues. I am really enjoying this task because I have been able to utilize and apply research knowledge from my MPhil as well as apply my creative skills to design and develop the factsheets. I have also been working closely with Donna Sue Spencer, Communication Specialist for the GEF CReW project, assisting with the preparations and planning for the Annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Conference and Exhibition, which will be taking place in Miami from August 24-28, 2015.

In addition to those activities, I also had to opportunity to participate in the PANOS Caribbean Commonwealth of Learning Communication and Learning for Development Dialogue which took place on July 21, 2015. Chrishane, Charlotte and I were amongst a slew of participants who joined in the dialogue via Skype, as well as representatives from UNDP, University of West Indies, Cave Hill campus and media and communication practitioners within the Caribbean. The keynote speakers, Dr. Maria Protz provided findings from a robust study conducted on communication and learning for sustainable development in the Caribbean. It was quite interesting to learn ways in which we can address the learning and communication of sustainable development. 

Challenges faced

I have not experienced any major challenges during this period.

Lessons learnt

I am continuously learning to prioritize and work swiftly on my given tasks.