GOVERNMENT, non-governmental and civil society organizations will again receive specific training in meta data analysis, environmental indicators, research methods, conducting vulnerability and adaptation assessments and geographic information systems as part of training sessions scheduled for March 4th to 21st 2019.
The Department of Sustainable Development through the “Increase Saint Lucia’s Capacity to Monitor Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Implementation and Sustainable Development Project” continues to build the competence of the public and private sector to facilitate the coordination of environmental information to ensure national, indicator-based reporting in a coherent and more efficient manner
Additionally, the training seeks to further greater institutional, systemic and individual level understanding of environmental issues among non-governmental stakeholders.
Saint Lucia has established a web-based platform providing the public and private sectors with access to information on MEAs indicators with the use of raw data from a Common Data Storage Facility (CDSF). The raw data is processed as required and information is presented to the user for viewing and/or downloading in various formats. The CDSF is an electronic vault for documents of varying formats that allows authorized users to search reports through customized meta-data inputted or documents using a combination of date, users, tags and catalogues.
According to Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Hon. Gale Rigobert: “Over the past years, the support of agencies such as the GEF and the UNEP has facilitated the enhancement of our local capacity to generate, access and use information for policy development, planning, monitoring and evaluating of environmental impacts and trends for which we are very thankful. I know that we will make good use of these opportunities as we continue to develop expertise and understanding of environmental issues among our governmental and nongovernment partners.”