GCRMN-Caribbean Steering Committee Meeting

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A meeting under the framework of UN Environment-Caribbean Environment Programme with the support of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and the SPAW Regional Activity Centre will be held between the 28th-30th January 2020, in Bonaire.

The objectives of the meeting are to (i) catch-up information since the last official SC Meeting in Mexico, 2017 and the last unofficial SC Meeting in San Andres, 2018, (ii) to go through each member’s personal advancement, requests, expectations (iii) to engage or relaunch projects and (iv) to come up with a biennial Workplan.

Main topics to be addressed:

  • Global-GCRMN report in 2020:
    • The data call has been launched. What is next?
  • The GCRMN-Caribbean regional report in 2020:
    • What have we done so far and what needs to be launched. Help from the Global-GCRMN.
  • ICRS Symposium in Germany (Bremen) in 2020.
    • Global GCRMN will make a presentation and asked each regional node to prepare an abstract.
    • Relationship and expectations between Global-GCRMN and our Caribbean regional node.
  • Current status of NFWF funded projects : (50 776 & 60 678).
    • End of project #50 776 (Jamaica & Saint-Martin workshops) and launch of project #60 678 (dissemination of GCRMN-Caribbean guidelines in the Mesoamerican region).
  • Discussion and dissemination ideas about the new Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD).
    • Which territories are concerned (use the map already developed by AGRRA)?
    • How fast and by what means is it spreading across the region?
    • What can we do now to communicate about the disease and slow down its propagation?
  • What do we want for the future of GCRMN-Caribbean?


Tuesday 28th, GCRMN and ICRI sessions.

  • Global-GCRMN report in 2020
  • The GCRMN-Caribbean regional report in 2020
  • Our links with the Global GCRMN and ICRI
  • ICRS Symposium in Germany (Bremen) in 2020
  • Biophysical guidelines
  • Integrated monitoring, the importance of the socio-economic

Wednesday 29th, Projects and Threats sessions.

  • Coral Restoration Consortium news
  • Status of the NFWF funded projects (Training workshops to the GCRMN-Caribbean monitoring guidelines)
  • Carib’Coast project presentation
  • Database merging project
  • Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and other threats

Thursday 30th,  SC members-only session.

  • GCRMN-Caribbean Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures approval
  • Budget and fundraising issues
  • Improve our communication within SC and with the other organizations
  • Prepare a biennial workplan until the next SC meeting
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