[Sdi-latinamericacaribbean] Report of 2010 Caribbean Marine Atlas (CMA) meeting available
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The Report of the 2010 Caribbean Marine Atlas
(CMA, http://www.caribbeanmarineatlas.net ) Review and Planning Workshop as well
as Saint Lucia Coastal Atlas Stakeholders Event is now available as IOC Workshop
Report No. 235. These meetings were held in Saint Lucia on 2-6 August 2010.
During the 2010 CMA Review and Planning Workshop participants assessed progress
of the CMA project at the national as well as regional level. In particular they
(i) Received a review of the progress of the atlas and were given a
demonstration of the atlas prototype; (ii) Gained a better understanding of the
challenges, benefits and goals of web atlases and environmental data
dissemination platforms in general; (iii) Identified the necessary inputs (area
of focus, data partners, themes, functionality) for the development of their
respective national atlases; (iv) Determined the steps required to implement a
national atlas (workplan) and developed a tentative timeline (schedule).
Additional training requirements were also identified (to be addressed in 2011).
The Saint Lucia Coastal Atlas Stakeholders Event aimed at sensitizing the local
marine and coastal zone stakeholder community to the national marine atlas
project and its progress, receive feedback and identify potential partners. The
event was well attended, with representatives from government (Fisheries
Division, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Marine Police, Survey Department, Physical
Planning Unit, Crown Lands Division), private sector stakeholders (Saint Lucia
Air and Seaports Authority, Soufrierre Marine Management Authority, Watercraft
Committee, Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay Marinas, Saint Lucia National Trust) and
international governmental organizations (UNEP CEP, Caribbean Environmental
Health Institute, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States). The stakeholder
workshop itself was found to be a highly useful tool in the national atlas
development process. Such workshops not only make potential stakeholders aware
of the initiative and its goals, but also permit the national coordinators to
receive feedback from national atlas users on the types of information and
functionality they would like a marine atlas in their country to have, and
identify potential data and management partners. Furthermore, the events can
raise support for the project from multiple sectors and high-level
administrators, providing momentum for its development and enhancing the chances
that the project will be successful.
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