The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the new single regional public health agency for the Caribbean. It was legally established in July 2011 by an Inter-Governmental Agreement Signed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and began operation in January 2013.
Under the CARICOM framework, CARPHA has the core mandate for environmental health and environmental management in provision of technical advisory services, conduct of environmental assessments, policy development and research on behalf of the countries in the areas of water, land/watershed resources management, wastewater, chemicals (pesticides and hazardous chemicals) and solid waste management. The Department is a training centre for environmental laboratory diagnostics services through its accredited laboratory facility.
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) supports its Member States in realizing policy objectives and strategic targets articulated within the St. George’s Declaration of Principles for Environmental Sustainability and will be implementing significant initiatives that have common technical areas with the IWEco Project. Given the nature of the outputs from these initiatives in the context of the IWEco Project, close joint collaboration in the implementation process is envisaged.
PCI Media Impact (Lead Agency for component 4) utilizes ‘Entertainment-Education’ to Solicit behaviour change and empower communities to inspire enduring change through creative storytelling. Media Impact will use the lessons and experiences gained from their My Island, My Community programme to apply within the IWEco Project framework at both national and regional levels.
Public Awareness / Public Education (PA/PE) Partnership will support the awareness and education strategy development and implementation of the project within component 4. The project will employ social marketing methods and popular media to give maximum visibility through ‘blitz campaigns’ to generate buy-in across all segments of society, inclusive of policy makers, the private sector and community. The extensive range of knowledge products generated by the GEF-IWCAM Project, combined with lessons learnt from project implementation by other partners will be utilized from the onset of the project to ‘popularize’ approaches and actions proposed by the project.
UNDP will serve as co-Implementing Agency, along with UNEP for the overall project, the besides the interventions as described above, it will have a key role with the national innovative projects, recognising the country presence of UNDP and the linkages between project activities and UNDP’s country assistance strategies. UNDP’s specific expertise and value vis-à-vis its regional and country offices will provide important support to the projects. UNDP will have responsibility for support in strengthening of livelihood opportunities in the development and execution of small-scale community investments associated with the national sub-projects in the eight countries through the GEF small Grants Programme. UNDP will also have specific responsibility for execution of activities under Regional Sub-project 4 on Knowledge Management. The UNDP Office in Panama will be the contact for tehse UNDP led interventions.