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Regional Training on Measures and Activities for NRW-Reduction
Staff from a total of 8 Caribbean water utilities participated in the Regional Training on Measures and Activities for NRW-Reduction in Saint Lucia taking place from September 24th to 27th, 2019. The training, which is part of the consultancy project “Institutional and Organisational Strengthening of WASCO Saint Lucia and Regional Water Utilities”, was conducted by two hydraulic modelling and network management experts of Hamburg Wasser and Consulaqua, Germany.The training was the se...
Small business capacity development in Fond St. Jacques
Resilience of the agricultural sector against the effects of climate change does not only refer to adapted cropping practices or improved land use. It also includes the strengthening and capacity building of small businesses along the value chain which use agricultural raw materials and add value for the end consumer. Only a holistic approach and the strengthening of all stakeholders involved can create a resilient agricultural sector.Following this understanding, the CATS Programme has partnere...

Coral restoration and monitoring with drones

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Coral restoration and monitoring with drones
Coral reefs are exceptionally valuable in terms of the ecosystem services they deliver. They provide food, livelihoods and economic opportunity to people in more than 100 countries around the world and protect shorelines from erosion. They are a source of enjoyment for national and international tourists alike. Hosting a quarter of all known marine species, they also play a critical role in the broader coastal ecosystem. (Source)The health of coral reefs is hence of great importance for communit...

Nursery Management and Forest Ecology Training

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Nursery Management and Forest Ecology Training
A four-day training workshop in Nursery Management and Forest Ecology was successfully completed in Dominica on August 10th, 2019. A total of ten people were trained including seven men and three women from the local communities.Training participantsThe training workshop was geared to support the reforestation of the Soufriere Scotts Head Watershed. The goal was to improve the general ecological health and services of the watershed to maintain productive ecosystems in the adjoining Soufriere Sco...
Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) Office Hosts 2019 Summer Camp
The Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) Office coordinated a youth summer camp held during the week of August 19th to 23rd 2019. This camp was focussed on raising the awareness of the Carriacou’s youth of the valuable ecosystems on their island and their waste management responsibility while also improving their snorkelling and swimming skills and stimulating writing and creativity.The SIOBMPA is a still generally pristine and very unique ecosystem on the island of Carr...
FAD Data Management Training for Fishing Sector Practitioners in Grenada
The establishment of marine protected and marine managed areas, as a strategy for marine ecosystem management, has resulted in the loss of and minimised use of traditional fishing grounds.  An immediate unfortunate consequence of this was reduced income by fishers, and the trickle-down effects of the compromised sustenance of their families and the wider communities.  The introduction of FAD technology to the region in the early 1990s was an attempt to attain equilibrium between enviro...

Beaches in Saint Lucia and their numerous facets

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Beaches in Saint Lucia and their numerous facets
Beaches and near-coast environments are crucial and vital for individual communities and the economy in Saint Lucia and the wider Caribbean region. Yet, these environments are affected negatively by, among others, human interaction, land-based pollution, coastal degradation and climate change.To raise the awareness about the important role of beaches, what benefits a beach provides, what negatively impacts beaches and how the degradation of beaches along the Caribbean coasts can be prevented, th...

H2Operator Caribbean - the CAWASA Podcast

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H2Operator Caribbean - the CAWASA Podcast
The Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA), being a regional organisation of water utilities in the Caribbean, strives to bring together experts and practicioners of the water sector in the region and beyond. In its dedication to serving the growth and development of its members, CAWASA collects and disseminates knowledge and experiences through different channels. In this effort, a new means of knowledge distribution has been launched recently: the H2Operator Caribbean Podcast.T...
Regional Training on the Demand and Distribution of Water
In its continued efforts to tackle the matter of non-revenue water in light of climate change, WASCO proudly hosts a Regional Training on the Demand and Distribution of Water. This training, which forms a part of the CATS-supported consultancy on Institutional and Organisational Strengthening of WASCO and Regional Water Utilities, is implemented by experts of the CONSULAQUA-COMO Consortium.The four-day training, taking place from July 1st to 4th 2019, brings together almost 20 technicians and ha...
Support to Soufriere Scotts Head Village Council and Fisheries Cooperative
The Soufriere Scotts Head Village Council has been one of CATS key partners within the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve (SSMR) Watershed in Dominica. Together, we have worked collaboratively on the Alums Stream Project, beach clean activities, community sensitization programs and well as support to fishermen and other interventions aimed at improving livelihood support and adaptation to climate change. This partnership continues to blossom and bear fruit. During CATS' most recent engagem...
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