At the regional level, partnerships are being formalized in five areas:
These make a wide range of resources and expertise available to participating countries both during and beyond the project and help the region build capacity.
The Research Partnership provides technical advice and scientific research contributions, particularly in establishment of monitoring and assessment protocols to track implementation progress based on relevant indicators associated with the Global Environment Facility tracking tools. It is meant to support applied research to assist the execution of IWEco’s National sub-Projects. IWEco’s Research Partnership was established on 27 November 2018. The First Research Partners Meeting was convened by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Saint Lucia, 27-28 November 2018.
The Governance Partnership is made up of key regional and international governmental and non-governmental agencies. It provides technical backstopping to assist, strengthen and mainstream policies and strategies, drawing on the knowledge base and collective experience in work in the region. It was established on 19 March 2019. The First Governance Partners Meeting was convened by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in close collaboration with the OECS in Saint Lucia, 18 – 19 March 2019.
The Public Awareness / Public Education Partnership, also referred to as the Communications Partnership, provides close support to IWEco participating countries through application of innovative tools and methods for expanding buy-in and driving behavioural change around the implementation of the national sub-projects. IWECo’s Communications Partnership was established on 28 October 2017. Its members are PCI Media Inc., the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), PANOS Caribbean, and Caribbean SEA.
This fosters collaboration between project implementation teams and partner agencies and wider collaborators at the regional level in environment, decision makers to include ministers of government and, where relevant, Heads of State. It promotes advocacy, collaboration, knowledge exchange and a common regional policy.
The IWEco Project will approach the private sector to make concrete commitments based on identified support needs at both regional and national levels. Companies already involved in programmes to implement improved environmental standards are potentially good collaborators.
This is to be supported by a small technical advisory group, including the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and other relevant agencies, along with UNDP GEF Small Grants. It is meant to support micro-small business opportunities associated with investments.