Activity 3 Sub-regional CSO coordination meeting and capacity building for CSOs and other stakeholders

CSO regional coordination meeting, November 26, 2017

Prior to the 8th Negotiating Committee meeting held on November 27 and December 1, 2017, in Santiago, Chile, the Latin American and Caribbean Civil Society representatives had a preparatory meeting on November 26, 2017 and discussed their negotiating strategy and the CSO position documents for priority issues on Art. 1,2,3,5, 9, 9bis and 10. The CSOs from the LAC region and the experts from Europe funded by REC, assisted with input in theses preparations.

  • First Agreement in the World to Protect Environmental Defenders.

The CSO negotiating team celebrating the biggest achievement of the 8th Negotiating Committee Meeting: the agreement of the on Article 9bis, Human rights defenders in environmental matters.


CSO regional coordination meeting, February 27, 2018

Prior to the 9th Negotiating Committee meeting held February 28 and March 4, 2018, in Escazú, Costa Rica, CSOs prepared for the final round of negotiations on February 27, 2018. The CSOs from the LAC region funded by REC, also assisted with input in theses preparations.

  • CSO negotiating team and members of the public during the 9th Negotiating Committee meeting, Escazú, Costa Rica,
  • SO negotiating team and the public team celebrating the adoption of the Escazú Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters, March 4, 2018

Meeting of technical officers responsible for the environment at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

A meeting of technical officers responsible for the environment was held at the headquarters of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States in Saint Lucia on August 24, 2016.

Karetta Crooks Charles made a presentation on P10 and the P10 process to delegates from St. Lucia at the meeting, with the online participation of representatives from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and St. Kitts and Nevis.


The fourth annual meeting of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund and the first meeting of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative Council of Saint Lucia

The two meetings were held on September 19–23, 2016, organised by the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) and the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) secretariats.

Karetta Crooks Charles made a presentation on civil society engagement in the LAC P10 and responded to questions about P10 implementation.


The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability web meeting

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability held a web meeting on September 16, 2016. Danielle Andrade presented the LAC P10 process to the ministers and responded to questions raised. It became clear that some of the ministers were not aware of the regional process on LAC P10, thus the awareness-raising dimension of the meeting was greatly appreciated.


Caribbean Youth Environment Network Training on Principle 10

A training for young people on Principle 10 was organised by the REC between October 31 and November 1, 2016, in the framework of the 12th Biennial Congress and Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Summit. The objective was to explore the contribution of young people to the implementation of Article 8 on public participation in the region. Participants discussed the potential role of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in Principle 10 implementation in signatory and non-signatory countries. Discussions also centered around the challenges of getting countries on board and on the opportunities and benefits for governments and societies arising from the implementation of P10.

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Webinar on Access to Justice

On July 6, 2017, the REC organised a webinar on Article 9 of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean. The webinar addressed the issues of redress in cases of abusing right to information, abusing right to public participation and violation of environmental law, as well as requirements regarding remedies and procedures. The event assisted the development of a strategy of CSOs towards Access to justice provisions of the of the Regional Agreement.

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