Category Archives: June 2011
Pictorial Highlights – Caribbean Coastal Area Mgmnt Foundation’s Int’l Fisherman’s Day Symposium, Expo and Regatta
On July 2, 2011, Panos Caribbean teamed up with the the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAMF) to host a Fisherman’s Day Symposium, Expo and Regatta at the Old Harbour Bay Beach in St. Catherine. The event was also held in partnership with the Portland Bight Fisheries Management Council, the Jamaica Fishermen’s Co-op (JFCU) and the Old Harbour Bay Community Development Association (OHBCDA).
Artistes from Panos Caribbean’s VOICES for Climate Change Education Project participated in the day’s activities which included a celebrity cook off and community concert to wrap up the day’s events.
Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director, C-CAM feels that the day which included several activities, was a major success.
“The aim of honoring dedicated and hardworking fisher folk was certainly met. We made sure to highlight fisherman from the Portland Cottage Community, Reuben Weir, who was born in 1931 and who still go out to fish,” she stated.
Mayor of Spanish Town, Andrew Wheatley, Councillor for Old Harbour South; Lloyd Grant and Donna Parchment-Brown of the Dispute Resolution Foundation. also participated in the celebrity cook off which was won by VOICES artiste, Adrian Campbell for his tasty preparation of the Lion Fish, Second place went to Donna Parchment-Brown and Pam Hall, also of the Voices for Climate Change Education project came in third.
A number of organizations also mounted booths and offered services to persons who attended the event.
“We were also able to incorporate other services to patrons like the use of the Registrar General Department, National AIDS Committee, National Environmental Protection Agency, Jamaica Fisherman’s Co-op Credit Union and the Churches Co-op Credit Union and other organisations which were also well received,” Parchment continued.
Pictorial highlights from the days activities are below.
Mangrove Planting and Concert – Biodiversity & climate Change Awareness Community Event – Portland Cottage (June 16, 2011)
Panos Caribbean kicked off its 25th anniversary celebrations in last month by showcasing the organisation’s work in environment at the annual Green Expo which was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica from June 10-12, 2011.
Below are come pictorial highlights from the event.
Pictorial Highlights – Panos Caribbean’s Community Concert & Mangrove Replanting (June 16, 2011) Portland Cottage, Clarendon – Environment
Mangroves are a crucial part of the Caribbean’s eco-system. They act as nurseries that sustain the marine livestock on which the region’s fishermen depend for their livelihood.
However, the Caribbean’s mangrove and coral reefs are in danger of extinction due to dramatic shifts in the ecological balance under the sea. Next to corals, mangroves appear to be the hardest hit. Data from the website of Mangrove Action Project indicates that mangrove cover in the region has declined by 42% over the past 25 years, with two of the eight mangrove species now considered Vulnerable to extinction and two more in Near Threatened status.
On June 16, 2011, Panos Caribbean re-planted 400 mangrove plants in the Portland Cottage community in Clarendon, Jamaica with the help of members of the Portland Cottage Community and a number of Jamaican entertainment artistes who are part of Panos Caribbean’s VOICES for Climate Change Education project which is carried out in Collaboration with the National Environmental Education Committee (NEEC). The project utilizes popular entertainers to spread the climate change and biodiversity conservation message.
The activity forms part of a 15-month project funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, is being implemented by the Mocho Community Development Association (MCDA), Panos Caribbean and the National Environmental Education Committee (NEEC) have received a US$29,000 grant from the an gotten and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica. The project is an extension of a Panos Caribbean 2008 Voices For Climate Change Education Project but with more of a focus at the community level.
The plants, (black and red mangroves), were donated by the Port Royal Marine Laboratory. The Caribbean Coastal Area Management Office in Clarendon also participated in the day’s activities.
Below are pictorial highlights from the days activities which included a concert.
By Andrea Downer, Journalist
Kingston, Jamaica. July 8, 2011- Panos Caribbean kicked off its 25th anniversary celebrations in last month by showcasing the organisation’s work in environment at the annual Green Expo which was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica from June 10-12, 2011.
The Green Expo is an environment exposition organized by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT). The expo is usually held during the national environment awareness week, which this year started on World Environment Day, June 5th.
“We decided to take a thematic approach to highlight the work we are doing. So since environment is the area with the most activities right now, we decided to start there,” explained Jan Voordouw, Executive Director of Panos while adding that Panos’ Environment Programme started in 2005.
At the same time, Regional Director for Media, Community & Environment at Panos Caribbean, Indi Mclymont-Lafayette explained why the Green expo was the ideal place to showcase Panos’ work to raise environment awareness including using innovative and creative ways to spread the crucial climate change message.
“This was our second time participating in Green expo and we felt that it would give us immediate access to share our work with thousands of people,” said Mclymont-Lafayette.”We had a constant flow of persons over that weekend. We had our Voices for Climate Change Education artistes doing a mini concert. We played our anniversary video and spoke of our programmes dealing with community empowerment, youth journalism etc.”
The Voices for Climate Change Education is the flagship project for Panos Environment Programme. Since it started in late 2008 it has reached an estimated 2.5 million people through a variety of activities.
Panos and the National Environmental Education Committee (NEEC), which implement the Voices Project, in late 2010 partnered with the Mocho Community Development Association in a project to communicate climate change and biodiversity at the community level. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica.
“Panos has worked with Mocho since 2005 when our environment programme started. Since that time Mocho has established its own community organization which is focusing on the community’s development. The organisation, the Mocho Community Development Association is now implementing its own climate change and biodiversity project with some help from Panos and the NEEC,” Mclymont-Lafayette stated.
The MCDA was also highlighted as part of Panos work in the environment and representatives from Mocho played an integral role at Green expo with representatives from the association manning the booth and interacting with members of the public.
The association was formed through years of training and mentorship of members of the community by Panos Caribbean. Panos Caribbean aims to empower community people, in particular those from rural areas to effectively participate in shaping national and regional responses to environmental and development issues.
“We help local communities to speak out on issues such as climate change, land degradation, energy bauxite mining, gender, coastal resource management and sanitation. Journalist training, exhibitions, articles, briefings and reports are some of the activities through which Panos increases media coverage of those issues in the region,” Mclymont-Lafayette continued.
To date Panos Environment Programme has done the following:
Documented a marginalized community voice through the production of an oral testimony booklet called Voices from Mocho and a 10 minute video called Mined and Left Behind. The Mocho Youth Journalists have also done radio programmes highlighting the issues in Mocho. These products have been displayed at the national, regional and international levels by Panos and the Mocho community.
Empowering communities – through in-depth work with communities such Mocho and Portland Cottage, raising awareness in at least 6 others in Jamaica and 7 in Haiti, 4 in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands.
Conducted a yearly regional training workshop for journalists on varying environmental issues. At least 4 have been held so far.
Helped to ensure that a Jamaican journalist participates in the annual UN climate change conference through the Climate Change Media Partnership. This has been successfully done for the past 5 years.
Built an informal network of Journalists across the Caribbean with a reach of about 400 English speaking journalists and media houses and 250 French speaking journalists and media houses.
Effectively shared information on the ground with policy makers as a Panos representative now sits on Jamaica’s 2030 multi-stakeholder group on climate change and disasters. This committee looks at long term planning and how to integrate climate change and disasters into mainstream.
There will be a series of activities between June 2011 to March 2012 to mark Panos’ 25th anniversary celebrations highlighting Panos’ achievements, activities and impact under its various programme areas. Every three months we will focus on one of our themes; our Environment programme from June – August, Children & Youth from September – November, Health (HIV) from December- February and Gender from March – June 2012.