The OECS and EU sponsored Saint Lucia Mango Festival met all expectations as the event brought together 16 exhibitors and 500 participants at the Constitution Park in Castries.

The festival aimed at raising public awareness on the Mango Biodiversity Project which was started in 2017 in order to limit land erosion in vulnerable riverbanks. The high soil stabilisation capacity of the mango tree enables a bio solution to this issue in Saint Lucia where 6.000 have already been planted. Mrs La Force-Haynes highlighted the success of the endeavour.

Caribbean Buildings Standards Forum and Exhibition which highlights the Lessons from the 2017 hurricane season, the OECS Building Code administration, opportunities for regional collaboration in Code implementation and communication strategy.

iLAND Resilience Public Awareness and Visibility Activities, aimed at reaching a broad spectrum of citizens of the OECS Region

The Governments of Anguilla, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and The British Virtish Virgin Islands, in collaboration with the OECS Commission and the Consulting Team of George Romily and CaribInvest, are developing National Land Policies through the European Union (EU) funded Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project on Climate Change Adaptation and cSustainable Land Management Project in the Eastern Caribbean

Grenada National Land Policy Consultation

In 2017 the OECS/GCCA facilitated a number of Building Code Consultations among member territories. The consultations sought to gather key stakeholder input and increase code compliance with builders and property owners. The consultations were chaired by Consultant Engineer to the iLAND Resilience Project- Alison King-Joseph.


Dominica Building Code Consultation

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St. Kitts Building Codes

In May 2017 the OECS region saw the unveiling of the Iland Resilience Project major awareness campaign. Under the direction of the OECS Secretariat, a grand launch in Grenada introduced the region to the major initiative aimed at mitigating climatic challenges.

The OECS Commission implements a major initiative aimed at establishing a significantly improved and harmonized Building Codes for the OECS sub-region. Building code workshops in Anguilla and Dominica bring together industry professionals and other stake holders.

Stakeholders meet to discuss revisions to OECS Building Code and the Development of Best Practice Recommendations for Implementing the Revised Organization of the Eastern Caribbean (OECS) Building Code 2015.

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) says that St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is the second most disaster-prone country in the world, by population. The OECS through its iLAND Resilience Project intend to mitigate these disasters in the flood prone areas in St. Vincent.

The ongoing Construction of a Rainwater Harvesting Plant, located at MacDonald's College a Secondary School in the northern parish of St. Patrick's Grenada. The plant will be used as a means of sustainably managing the school's water resources through rainwater harvesting, which has tremendous benefits, as it can be used for jobs such as washing, watering the garden, and regular daily activities. Rainwater harvesting eliminates the need to use fresh drinking water from the main water supply and creates a significant reduction in total water usage.

Stakeholder consultation workshop towards establishment of a National REDD+ strategy for Dominica.

Saint Lucia benefits from slope stabilisation activities through gabion walls and drain wall projects in Corinth/ Grand Riviere. The project which commenced in February in Corinth/Grand Riviere promises to improve the communities’ resilience to climate change by taking pre-emptive action with flood water drain ways .

A site visit conducted at the Scott's Head point in Dominica to assess the location which will be rehabilitated through the OECS sponsored GCCA programme.