About Us

Small Island States (SIDS) like the OECS Member States face a number of climatic challenges due in-part to their size, geographical location and human activities. Developing economies, limited infrastructure and little access to technology continue to contribute to our high vulnerability to climatic disasters like intense hurricanes.

The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) and the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) recognise these challenges and are responding to them through the iLAND Resilience Project. The project seeks to combat climate change issues among the nine participating OECS member states through Sustainable Land Management (SLM).

Communicating SLM in support of Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) is quite a challenge.

There are many definitions for SLM. The World Bank (2006): Sustainable Land Management, Challenges, Opportunities, and Trade-offs, Washington, DC describes it as “a knowledge-based procedure that aims at integrating the management of land, water, biodiversity, and other environmental resources to meet human needs while sustaining ecosystem services and livelihoods”.

Our small islands mean that land is a limited resource. Therefore, whatever the definition, SLM is critical in any successful CCA strategy in our region.

There are SLM issues that we would face even in the absence of “Global Warming” and a depressed economy. For OECS SIDS, climate change is something we have little control over. This makes our implementation of SLM practices even more critical in our fight to adapt.

In the OECS context we see SLM as:

  • Land Management - Urban and rural planning for sustainable development of priority sectors such as tourism, housing, agriculture, forestry, etc.
  • Food Security – Sustainable Fishing, Agriculture, Soil Management, and land management
  • Environmental Protection - Protecting functional ecosystems in the interior, along Coastlines, and within the oceans. Managing Disposal of Waste, Pollution, and Preserving biodiversity.
  • Managing Natural Resources - Energy, Water, land, biodiversity
  • Disaster Risk Management –Building resilience to Hurricanes/Storms, flooding, and drought
  • Economic Activity - Tourism, Business practices.

Overall Objective/Specific Objective:

The 10.6 million euro, European Union (EU) funded, OECS GCCA Project on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the Eastern Caribbean is designed to improve the region’s natural resource base resilience to the impacts of climate change in nine (9) participating Member States. The project’s intervention logic is summarized as follows:

Overall Goal To Contribute to the achievement of the St George’s Declaration of Principles for Environmental Sustainability
Purpose To improve the region’s natural resource base resilience to the impacts of climate change
Components
A. Effective and sustainable land management frameworks B. Specific physical adaptation pilot projects
Pillars
Enabling Environment Capacity Building Participatory Approach Physical Interventions
*Expected Results A1) Improved understanding of Region’s SLM and CCA needs [i.e. Gap Analysis]
A2) Enhanced regulatory frameworks A3) Enhanced Human and Technical Capacity A4) Improved public awareness B1) Enhanced physical adaptation measures
Activities “Quick-wins” in keeping with OECS and Member States’ priorities; and Priority interventions based on Gap Analysis.

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OECS iLAND RESILIENCE TEAM

Mr. Chamberlain Emmanuel

Chamberlain Emmanuel is the Project Manager for the iLAND Resilence Project and is the Head of the OECS Environmental Sustainability Cluster, with oversight of key programme areas including Climate Change and Disaster Risk, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Land and Water resources, Oceans Governance and Fisheries, and Sustainable Energy.

His qualifications and experience (over sixteen [16] years) are in Civil Engineering, Project Management (PMP), Procurement, Disaster Risk Management.

Cornelius Isaac

Mr. Isaac is the Technical Specialist on the Global Climate Change Alliance Project on Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management in the Eastern Caribbean (OECS-GCCA). His qualifications are in Forest Resources, Watershed and Environmental Management, and a specialist in the area of Forest Hydro-Meteorology. He previously worked in senior positions in the "Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in the OECS Countries", “Supporting the OECS to Improve Land policy and Land Management” and, the Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management (GEF-IWCAM) projects.

Tanya Wright

Tanya Wright, a Jamaican National is the Project Procurement Officer for the iLAND Resilence Project with responsibility for conducting of all procurement tasks, strategies, work plans, supervision and administration of all contracts for the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project.

She holds a Master’s of Law (LLM) in Procurement Law and Policy from the University of Nottingham, England; BSc. in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Technology, Jamaica and has over 10 years’ Procurement experience working on projects in Saint Lucia, Jamaica and Belize.

Vergille Tadia Xavier-Antoine

Vergille Tadia Xavier-Antoine is the Project Assistant for the iLAND Resilience Project with responsibility for the coordination of office management and administrative functions and providing general assistance with oversight of project activities.

Mrs Xavier-Antoine holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom and an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from ABE. She has over twenty (20) years experience in the field of administration.

Chevon N. Raveneau

Chevon N. Raveneau is the Senior Accountant responsible for the financial oversight of the iLAND Resilence Project.

As a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Ms Raveneau has over thirteen (13) years’ experience in the field of accounting. Her role at the Commission has also allowed her to specialize in the donor funded portfolios and compliance.

GCCA iLAND Resilience Focal NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON CONTACTS AND FOCAL POINT MINISTRY

Member State NC Focal Point Ministry NC Chair / Contact Designation Address Telephone Email
Anguilla

Min. of Home Affairs

Department of Lands and Surveys

Department of Environment

 Ms Sharmer Fleming

Mr Leslie Hodge

Mr Calvin Samuel

Coordinator, Environment and Sustainable Development

Director / Chief Surveyor

Deputy Director, Strategic Research Programmes

P.O Box 60 The Valley Anguilla

264 497 0217

264 497 2424 / 2153

264 497 0217

sharmer.fleming@gov.ai / doeaxa@gmail.com

leslie.hodge@gov.ai

calvin.samuel@gov.ai

Antigua & Barbuda

Min. of Health and Environment

Ms Ruleta Camacho Deputy Director

Independence Avenue St John’s Antigua & Barbuda

268 562 8594

rcamacho@environmentdivision.info

sirmmab@gmail.com

Virgin Islands Min. of Natural Resources & Labour Mr Joseph Smith Abbott / Ms Angela Burnett Penn

Deputy Permanent Secretary

Environmental Officer (Climate Change)

Central Administration Building # 33 Admin Drive Road Town Tortola Virgin Islands

284 468 3701 / 284 468 3212

284 468 3348 / 2797

depsec.nrl@gmail.com

abpenn@gov.vg

Dominica

Min of Agriculture & Fisheries

Min. of Health & Environment

Ms Annie Edwards

Mr Ricky Brumant

Mr Bradley Guye

Technical Officer

Director of Agriculture

Assistant Forest Officer/ Forest Management Section (Ag)

2nd Floor Government Headquarters Kennedy Avenue Roseau Dominica

767 277 7568

767 266 3807 /3812

767 266 5852/5860

annierose63@gmail.com

brumantr@dominica.gov.dm

guyeb@dominica.gov.dm

Grenada Min. of Agriculture Lands Forestry Fisheries & Environment

Trevor Thompson

Aria Louis

Senior Land Use Officer

Ministerial Complex Botanical Gardens St George’s Grenada

473 440 3083 ramoob@gmail.com
Monserrat Min. of Agriculture Lands Housing & the Environment

Mr Jerome Meade

Sarita Francis

Rawlson Patterson

Chief Physical Planner

P O Box 272 Brades Montserrat

664 491 6795/97 meadecj@gov.ms
St. Kitts  Min. of Agriculture Human Settlements, Cooperatives & Environment

Mr Eavin Parry

Ms June Hughes

Environmental Scientist

Senior Environment Officer

Bladen Commercial Development Wellington Road Basseterre St Kitts & Nevis

869 466 8535

elvinparry@hotmail.com

ccodoe@sisterisles.kn

Nevis  Department of Agriculture Mr Floyd Liburd Forestry Officer

Bath Hotel, Belle Vue Charlestown NEVIS

869 664 9299 liburd46@hotmail.com
Saint Lucia

Min. of Physical Development Housing & Urban Renewal

Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender & Sustainable Development

Mr Hildreth Lewis

Mrs Dawn Pierre-Nathoniel

Deputy Permanent Secretary

Sustainable Development & Environment Officer

3rd Floor Greaham Louisy Administrative Building Waterfront Castries Saint Lucia

Caribbean Cinemas Building Choc, Castries, Saint Lucia

758 468 4541 / 468 4403 / 485 3572 (c)

758 451 8746 / 468 5802

hilewis@gosl.gov.lc

dpnathoniel@gmail.com

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Min. of Housing Informal Human Settlements Lands & Surveys & Physical Planning

Ministry of Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour

Department of Physical Planning

 Mr Anthony Bowman

Ms Nyasha Hamilton

Kedahli Crichton

FitzGerald Providence

Chief Technical Officer

Physical Planning Officer

Granby Street Kingstown St Vincent and the Grenadines

1st Floor Ministerial Building Halifax Street Kingstown St Vincent and the Grenadines

784 456 2050 / 527 6318 (c)

784 485 6992

784 457 1588

keithgbowman@yahoo.com

nyakkh@gmail.com

kedahli@gmail.com