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Panos is new regional hub for climate change information

BY HORACE FISHER

 Panos Caribbean’s long-awaited designation as a Regional Hub for Climate Change Information is now a reality.

The official launch of the hub and information portal took place last Friday (June 20, 2014) at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, St James.

Panos, a regional communication organisation, does project management work in four primary programmes – Children, Youth and Violence; Public Health and Human Rights, Climate Change, Livelihood and Gender; and Media Development.

Panos' Regional Coordinator (Haiti and Jamaica) Indi Mclymont Lafayette and Senior Programme Officer Petre Williams-Raynor in discussion at the launch of the communication organisation as a regional hub for climate change information, held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica. (Photo: Emma Lewis)

Panos’ Regional Coordinator (Haiti and Jamaica) Indi Mclymont Lafayette and Senior Programme Officer Petre Williams-Raynor in discussion at the launch of the communication organisation as a regional hub for climate change information, held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica. (Photo: Emma Lewis)

Regional Coordinator (Haiti and Jamaica) Indi Mclymont Lafayette declared that the development of the hub is three years in the making.

While the issues around climate change generally are topical, specific information on adaptation is in woefully short supply — despite its critical importance to small-island developing states, such as those that comprise the Caribbean.

“The regional hub is a place where adaptation work is highlighted and key information shared with relevant stakeholders, because, while much more is being done on climate change generally, adaptation issues are still emergent,” Mclymont Lafayette said.

“In the Caribbean, conservation work is being done by a number of organisations, however, there isn’t enough coordination or sharing of knowledge which [has] resulted in the duplication of projects. Therefore, we want to pre-empt this with the mechanism of the regional hub,” she added.

According to Mclymont Lafayette, Panos has worked in the Caribbean for some 20 years, with a geographic mandate that covers 25 independent countries and 13 dependent territories.

She admitted that there is a major challenge reaching all 38 territories, but said that through creative and strategic collaborations, the organisation has been able to partner with a variety of regional entities — including the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies — to advance its work in the interest of the region’s vulnerable and marginalised people.

Meanwhile, the information portal — comprised of a database of journalists, conservationists and other regional stakeholders — has been made possible through funding from the International Development Research Centre and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.

“This is the resource that we plan to make available to key partners, and we have a unique opportunity to chart a course for Caribbean sustainable development. I welcome your partnership and support in this journey as we launch this entity today,” concluded Mclymont Lafayette.

La-Jean Powell (left), Disaster Coordinator at the Manchester parish Council, makes a point during the recent launch of Panos caribbean as a regional hub for climate change information and its new online database. Seated beside her are (from second left) Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director of the caribbean Coastal Area ManagemenT Foundation, Keisha Spencer of the Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust and Journalist Horace Hines. (Photo: Emma Lewis)

La-Jean Powell (left), Disaster Coordinator at the Manchester parish Council, makes a point during the recent launch of Panos caribbean as a regional hub for climate change information and its new online database. Seated beside her are (from second left) Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director of the caribbean Coastal Area ManagemenT Foundation, Keisha Spencer of the Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust and Journalist Horace Hines. (Photo: Emma Lewis)

Gerald Lindo (standing), senior technical officer - mitigation, Climate Change Division, Jamaica, in discussion with (from left) Albert Daley, principal director, Climate Change Division, Jamaica; Clifford Mahlung, senior climate negotiator and head of the Climate Branch at the Met Office; and Anthony McKenzie, director of environmental management and conservation at the National Environment and Planning Agency. The occasion was the launch of Panos as a regional hub for climate change information and its new online database. (Photo; Emma Lewis)

Gerald Lindo (standing), senior technical officer – mitigation, Climate Change Division, Jamaica, in discussion with (from left) Albert Daley, principal director, Climate Change Division, Jamaica; Clifford Mahlung, senior climate negotiator and head of the Climate Branch at the Met Office; and Anthony McKenzie, director of environmental management and conservation at the National Environment and Planning Agency. The occasion was the launch of Panos as a regional hub for climate change information and its new online database. (Photo; Emma Lewis)

PANOS CARIBBEAN: “Real People, Real Voices!”

Panos Caribbean commemorates 25 years of working in the Caribbean in June 2011. As part of its activities to mark this significant achievement, the organization has released a short video: “Real People, Real Voices!” which explores some of Panos Caribbean’s recent activities and achievement.

Since its inception in 1986, Panos Caribbean has been working to help empower the most marginalized and vulnerable persons in the region through projects and other activities on issues related to children and youth, public health, media community & environment as well as gender.

There is a lot that we have been able to achieve over the past 25 years and some of our work and beneficiaries are highlighted in the video: “Real People, Real Voices!” which echoes Panos Caribbean’s tagline and motto.

Please take a few minutes to watch and hear the real people of the Caribbean talk about how Panos Caribbean has impacted their lives in real ways through our commitment to empowering people to take action to improve their circumstances, their communities and their lives.

Our Mission

Panos Caribbean’s mission is to amplify the voices of the poor and the marginalized through the media and ensure their inclusion in public and policy debate, in order to enable Caribbean people to communicate their own development agendas.

Vision

Programmatic Vision

Information which is independent, accurate and timely is fully utilized as a key resource for development. It includes as a matter of course the local perspectives from the most marginalized people in society. People, all over the region, affected by development issues are empowered to enter into dialogue with decision makers and communicate through the media on how such issues impact on their lives.

Caribbean media and journalists responsibly cover development issues and bring information from local and marginalized people to the table. They disseminate balanced development information, from all sectors, across linguistic, political, socio-economic and cultural borders.

The region maximizes communication processes which strengthen a participatory, inclusive and multilingual information base. Information is shared in a language appropriate to the culture and situation of the audience,
and further enriched in ensuing public debate.

Caribbean societies enjoy both freedom and pluralism of information. The Caribbean region is equitable; all forms
of exclusion, stigma and discrimination have been eliminated. The region is full of dialogue between all stakeholders and across all borders. The sustainable development of communities, countries and the region as a whole is being achieved.

Institutional Vision

Panos Caribbean has deepened its areas of work widely across the region in many languages and to many groups of marginalized people: capacity building, information production, information dissemination and networking on
communicating Caribbean development issues. The scale of implementation and impact of Panos is large, in particular through providing institutional and programmatic backing to many relevant initiatives. Panos enhances
development communication capacity in institutions owned and run by marginalized people, all across the region.

Panos keeps listening to groups of Caribbean beneficiaries (“Real People”) and designs new and innovative approaches for communicating their information and perspectives (“Real Voices”) more and more widely in more and more settings, locally, regionally and globally.

The high quality standards of Panos are recognized in all its activities and information outputs. Panos maximizes cost effectiveness and efficiency of all its operations. It employs systematic monitoring, impact measurement and evaluation. It is run in a fully transparent way and employs strong financial control.

Panos Caribbean’s staff works as one team, despite being spread out over the region. A large portfolio of activities is maintained, in all types of locations, from remote rural communities to media houses to urban neighbourhoods.

Panos keeps increasing institutional partnerships with media and civil society organizations where appropriate. In this way, the impact of Panos keeps growing, in a decentralized manner through locally-based people, while
Panos maintains cultural and socio-economic appropriateness of methodologies.

Value Statement

“Panos Caribbean: Real People – Real Voices”

A belief about PEOPLE: People have a right to information which enables them to make their own minds up about issues, according to their own circumstances, values, culture and convictions.

A belief about INFORMATION: Information is a central resource to development, and people need access to understandable, relevant and unbiased information in order to take appropriate action.

A belief about PUBLIC DEBATE: Informed inclusive public debate is an essential element of democratic societies.

• Therefore, PANOS CARIBBEAN is committed to excellence in all that it does, and insists on adhering to the highest standards of integrity, accuracy and authority in its information outputs and activities. Panos actively promotes reconciliation, debate, collaboration and mutual understanding between Caribbean countries and peoples.

Panos is entirely independent of any political or religious grouping and from  its funding sources.

Our Partners

Partnerships and collaborations are essential elements of Panos Caribbean’s operations. We develop partnerships with existing organisations, networks and agencies to enhance the implementation of our objectives, as follows:

  • Local and national civil society organisations (CSOs) and community based organisations (CBOs): Joint project implementation; Assistance in gaining credibility and trust with beneficiaries; Panos providing support to their institution building.
  • Regional CSOs: Joint project implementation; Panos providing support to their region-wide coverage and communication.
  • International CSOs: Collaboration implementation of activities in the Caribbean; Infusion of knowledge of and interest in Caribbean activities.
  • Other Panos-es: Joint project implementation; Panos Caribbean contributing to and initiating global outputs; Panos supporting their development in its areas of expertise.
  • Community, local, national and regional media: Joint activities (in particular regarding youth journalism); Panos providing training, and supporting the production and dissemination of relevant media productions; Panos supporting their knowledge on development themes.
  • International media and international news agencies: Dissemination of Caribbean media productions; Panos supporting their information base on Caribbean development themes.
  • Networks of journalists: Panos providing training; Joint production of stories; Dissemination mechanisms; Panos providing institutional and programmatic support.
  • Governments and authorities: Panos supporting their communication activities on themes of interest to Panos; Collaboration in project implementation.
  • Local, national, regional and international donor agencies: Panos supporting their understanding of the role of media in development: Panos providing a project implementation mechanism; Panos supporting their information base and their local/ regional/international coverage and outputs.
  • Other corporate sector (non-media): Panos supporting their understanding of the role of media in development.

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Our Offices

Main Office:
71 Impasse Saint-Marc, Route de Freres 20, (pres de Freres 23)
Petion-Ville, Haiti
Email: haiti@panoscaribbean.org
Tel: (509) 2228 2994 / 2942-0321

Jamaica Office:

22 Westminster Road
Kingston 10,
Jamaica
Email:jamaica@panoscaribbean.org
Tel: (876) 920-0070/1
Fax: (876) 920-0071

 

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