Peru climate talks

Indi Mclymont Lafayette (right), regional coordinator for Panos Caribbean, in discussion with Clifford Mahlung, coordinator for capacity building with the Alliance of Small Island States, at the Peru climate talks on Wednesday. (Photo: Petre Williams-Raynor)

Panos Caribbean\'s Regional Director shares lens time with Amerindians from Lima,Peru

Panos Caribbean\'s Regional Director shares lens time with Amerindians from Lima,Peru. Panos is one of the civil society organisations attending the United Nations Climate talks in Peru. The talks end on December 12.

Lancement:Identification et Enregistrement des électeurs en Haïti : entre attentes, défis et perspectives


Category Archives: September 2011

Panos 25th Anniversary Focus: Children & Youth Programmes

Panos Caribbean will continue it’s year long observation of it’s 25th Anniversary by highlighting its projects and activities on Children and Youth. Beginning September 2011 through to November 2011, the organisation will highlight it’s major achievements and current projects on this very vulnerable population.

Children and young people in the Caribbean face numerous challenges.  At Panos Caribbean we believe that youth can provide solutions to those problems. At the core of our programmes and project activities targeting children and young people is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which outlines the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled. One of those rights is for children to be able to express their own opinions on matters affecting them and that these are taken into account.

The Convention also speaks to the child’s right to receive and share information of all kinds either orally, written in the form of art, or through any other media of their choice.

Over the next few years we will continue to promote the full participation of Caribbean children and youth in the development process by including their own voices and perspectives through various media into public debate via:

  1. Capacity building – training of children to report on HIV and related issues: via our Youth Journalism Programme “Our Own Voices – Youth Communicating Through the Media”.
  2. Documenting the Voices of children and young people: This involves the production, publishing and broadcasting of material for circulation in media and via the Internet.
  3. Providing a platform for children and adolescents to communicate their perspectives on issues that affect them; including stigma and discrimination, sexual and reproductive health rights, various forms of abuse and neglect.
  4. Working with media to improve media’s understanding of issues related to children and young people and encourage responsible reporting on those issues.
  5. Conducting media analysis & monitoring to measure the effectiveness of our activities, to determine the extent to which issues concerning children are being reported by the media and how media treats those issues.

Since its inception in 1985, Panos Caribbean has facilitated the creation of 16 journalism groups in the Caribbean in Haiti, Jamaica and more recently in St. Lucia.

Over the next three months Panos will highlight some of our most outstanding youth journalists some of whom have gone on to become young journalists working for major media out fits in the Caribbean. We will also showcase some of the media productions conceptualized and produced by the young people including Public Service Announcements and short videos on children’s rights.

Panos Caribbean kicked off it’s year-long 25th anniversary celebrations with a three month focus on our environment programme. (June – August 2011). From September – November the focus will be on Health (HIV) and from December- February the spotlight will be on our Gender programme from March – June 2012.

Panos’ Jamaica & Haiti Offices Move to New Locations

Panos Caribbean’s Jamaica and Haiti offices are now at new locations. The Jamaica office, which was temporarily relocated from 9 Westminster Road has now found a more permanent location at 85 Montgomery Road in Richmond Park, near Half Way Tree in Kingston.

“In consideration for the efficiency of our operations including the convenience of employees and persons who participate in our projects, we carefully selected a location that is just as central as our previous location,” Executive Director of Panos Caribbean, Jan Voordouw explained.

“It took us three months but we were finally able to find a suitable location and we are still in the process of settling in,” Regional Director, Media, Community and Environment, Indi McLymont-Lafayette disclosed.

The Haiti office, which was located at Freres 20, Route de Freres, HT6120, Petion-Ville, Haiti, has moved to Impasse Saint Marc, Route de Freres, Petion-Ville, Haiti. Panos Haiti has been operating from the new location since August 15, 2011.

“The Haiti office was relocated to a temporary location as an emergency measure shortly after the earthquake in January 2010 in order for the organisation to have a base from which to respond to the disaster,” Jan Voordouw explained.

Mr. Voordouw, who arrived in Haiti just days after the quake, led Panos’ efforts to provide assistance to staff members, partners and some beneficiaries  affected by the massive quake that killed hundreds of thousands of people. The organisation also focussed on getting its communications projects going in response to the needs of those affected and implemented some new projects based on post-quake accessment in Port au Prince and Jacmel.

Panos opened it’s Jamaica office in 2005, bringing to two the number of offices the organization has in the Caribbean.

“There will be a series of activities 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,” M r. Voordouw stated.

The office’s telephone and fax numbers in both countries remain the same: 1-876-920-0070 and 1-876-920-0071 respectively for Jamaica and Tel: (509) 2511-1460 / 2942-0321 for the Haiti office. For more on our current and recent projects and activities, please visit our website at Our website has direct links to our social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Call for film entries for the “Development & Climate Days 2011 Film Competition”, UN Climate Change Conference

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is pleased to launch its 4th Development and Climate International Film Competition. It will be showcased at the D&C conference at COP17 in Durban, South Africa, 4th December 2011.

This year’s theme is resilience to climate change. We are looking for new films that find innovative and compelling answers to the question: What is climate change resilience?

You can submit films on any aspect of climate change resilience, resilience building or resilience in action. Animations and audio slideshows are welcome too!

This is an excellent opportunity to gain global exposure to practitioners and agencies working in the field, and recognition for your work.

Selected entries will be screened in Durban, chosen by a panel of high level international judges, including Dr Hannah Reid (IIED Community-Based Adaptation specialist), Jorisna Bonthuys (Die Burger newspaper and WWF, South Africa), Fayyaz Ahmad Khan (producer, ‘Bol’, Pakistan), Franny Armstrong (director, ‘The Age of Stupid’, UK) and Laurie Goering, editor of AlertNet.

Selected entries will be screened in Durban, chosen by a panel of high level international judges* and viewer votes.

The winner will receive a Panasonic Lumix GH2 Digital Camera and a Rode Videomic Video Microphone.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Sunday October 23rd, midnight GMT.

Entry requirements:

  • All videos should be up to a maximum of 5 minutes in length.
  • The competition is open to individuals and groups, professional or amateur
  • Films must be free of copyright material, including the soundtrack and background music
  • If a film is not in English, English subtitles must be used
  • Films must be the original creation of the entrant
  • When submitting a film, the entrant attests that the film has not been previously published
  • All entries must have obtained any necessary third-party permissions and releases
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring that their film complies with the legal and copyright laws of their country.

Technical requirements:

  • Films must be in the h.264 codec and/or compatible with Vimeo uploading criteria
  • films must not be less than 640×480 for 4:3 SD video or 640×360 for 16:9 SD video or 1280×720 or 1920×1080 for 16:9 HD video
  • pixel format, where selectable, should be set to square pixels (1:1)
  • film file size should not exceed 100MB.

To register:

Please follow this link and complete the online application form.

Submitting your film:

Please email your film to

Short-listed entries may be asked to submit versions in broadcast quality.


If you have any questions please email

Call for Applications for a Fellowship to Attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa

Panos Caribbean is currently accepting applications for a fellowship to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The conference will be held from November 28 – December 9, 2011.

Under the Voices for Climate Change Education project being implemented by Panos Caribbean and the National Environmental Education Committee (NEEC), there is a grant to cover the cost of travel of one or possibly two participants to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa.

Preparing for the Next Disaster – Environmental groups work to make Portland Cottage Ready

By: Horace Fisher, freelance writer

Climate Change artiste Camille Davis shows off red mangrove seedlings

May Pen, Jamaica. August 30, 2011 – “It’s the Mangroves trees that save a lot persons lives in Portland Cottage, when Hurricane Ivan and Dean slammed into the community,” declared Derrick Whyne, while feverishly mending a fishing pot, in the shade of some shrubs; on the Portland Cottage fishing beach.

“When the hurricanes (Ivan and Dean) lick Portland Cottage, the Mangroves trees break the force of the water, generated by the storm surges, before it (water) flood the community,” explained Mr. Whyne, a fisherman for the past 11 years.

Mr. Whyne said that if the Mangroves trees hadn’t broken the force of the water, before it (the water) hit the community, the destruction of property and the loss of life would be far greater in Portland Cottage, where six persons were killed as a direct result of hurricane Ivan in 2004.  “All of those dead tree stumps over there were once flourishing Mangroves trees that the hurricanes kill out, so I am glad that somebody is planting them back,” added the fisherman, pointing towards a group of volunteers, planting Mangrove seedlings along the Portland Cottage coast-line.

About 30 volunteers from a number of environmental groups gathered to help the community replant mangroves recently. The volunteers were from the Mocho Community Development Association (MCDA) Panos Caribbean, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (CCAM), National Environment Education Committee (NEEC) Portland Cottage Citizen Association (PCCA), Port Royal Marine Laboratory and the Voices for Climate Change Education Project.

The volunteers were able to replant about 400 hundred (red and black) Mangrove seedlings along the Portland Cottage coast-line and to participate in an environment awareness concert within the community. This is the second time the Volunteers have done replanting in Portland Cottage. On World Wetlands Day in February the group organized and planted another 300 mangroves. The two activities are a part of a project on communicating climate change and biodiversity being implemented by the Mocho Community Development Association and key partners. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica. Christian Aid has also contributed to the Voices Project. The mangrove replanting is a part of several environmental conservation activities that the Project will be hosting for the rest of the year.

Paul Kisson, from the Port Royal Marine Laboratory, said that Mangrove trees are very versatile plants, that can adapted to salt, brackish and fresh water. It is also of significant economical value because of its natural use as a nursery and shelter for fish and other marine life. It also acts as a nutrients reducer, coastal binder and a giant sponge, Kisson explained.

“Mangroves trees trap excessive nutrients before it goes out in the open sea and on to the Coral Reefs, where it would other-wise kill or damage the delicate Corals,” said Kisson, who is a laboratory technician at the Port Royal laboratory. “The trees also act as a giant sponge that absorbs excessive water, especially after a heavy down pour and is a buffer between the land and the sea.”

While leading the mangrove replanting Kisson stressed that mangroves are an excellent land appreciation agent, because of its ability to trap sediments, which subsequently build up to form solid land spaces. The mangroves trees also bind the coast-line, protect it from erosion and form an important habitat for a whole host of biodiversity.

“More-over, the Mangroves are  an important habitat for fish, sharks, sting rays and other marine species, therefore, if we destroy the Mangroves, the stock of these species would fall drastically, and make the coast-line vulnerable to flooding and coastal erosion,” warned Mr.Kisson.

Recording artiste, Boom Dawn, insists that the environment” is like children that need parental care and supervision.
“If we don’t take care of the environment, it will suffer and die, because the environment is just like children that need special care, and all that we are doing now (Mangrove restoration) is for our children benefits,” stated singer and song writer, Boom Dawn, who is a member of the Voices for Climate Change education Project being implemented by Panos Caribbean and the National Environmental Education Committee. (End/30/08/11)

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