At this stage, the project addresses four thematic areas: Sustainable Tourism, Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, the Circular Economy and Business Continuity.
The objective of this action is to create an additional source of revenue at the level of the local community, by transforming plastic waste, a source of environmental degradation, into a marketable value-added product. In coordination with the NGO Recycle Rebuild based in Dominica, UNITE Caribbean provides support for the Caribbean Environmental Student Alliance (Caribbean SEA), based in Soufrière, Saint Lucia, for the implementation of the plastic waste enhancement project. During the first phase of the project, UNITE Caribbean assisted Caribbean SEA in developing a methodological guide for the implementation of the said project, and mobilising additional funding for the practical implementation of the project. The second phase of the project consists in developing the association’s activity by providing technical assistance on the construction and use of machines, the association’s mode of governance and the market study. Ultimately, the recycled products and items are intended for sale to tourists at tourist markets, hotels, cruise ships, etc.
Tourism in the Caribbean is based primarily on the environmental assets. The tourism sector is closely linked to natural resources, as well as its immediate environment. Therefore, environmental issues are real and relevant. However, these same environments are subjected to strong anthropogenic pressures generated by tourist flows. To ensure that communities enjoy the positive economic and environmental benefits of this sector, they must be involved in tourism development in their territories. From this perspective, the sustainable tourism action involves, inter alia, training for practitioners in the sector, and local authorities. Additionally, it will define a series of eco-criteria, common to the PAIRC-C territories, to guarantee an environmentally-friendly tourism activity in close coordination with the communities and local authorities.
In view of the limited availability of teaching tools for Environmental Education and Sustainable Development (EEDD), and the fact that communication strategies are often not adapted to the Caribbean context, one of the objectives of PAIRC-C is to maximise awareness among the populations of the territories on climate change, and bring about behavioural change. Journalists are at the forefront of public education. Therefore, the Environmental Education action seeks to enhance journalists’ ability to better understand and address the issue of climate change, particularly its effects on our territories. Networking and training of journalists in PAIRC-C territories will assist in improving the level of education of the Caribbean population on climate change, by providing a rational explication of the causes of this phenomenon and concrete examples of adaptive measures at the level of civil society.
The business continuity of small and medium enterprises is a key pillar in the construction of a resilient society, since such companies are often the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The main objective of the “Business Continuity” action is to train trainers in each of the territories to support small and medium enterprises in establishing their Business Continuity Plans (BCP). Each trainer will replicate the training for the private sector in their territory in coordination with the Chambers of Commerce or Practitioners’ Associations. The train-the-trainer training, which was held on 24-26 April 2019, brought together approximately twenty persons at the office of the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique. The training was conducted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR – Latin America and Caribbean region). The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) was also present.