The Caribbean Public Health Agency-Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Department (CARPHA-EHSD), in a strategic collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), hosted a three-day training workshop in Ecosystem Services Assessment and Valuation and Carbon Sequestration from May 20-22, 2019 in Saint Lucia.  The workshop helped to meet the recurring request for training in carbon sequestration and ecosystem services valuation from IWEco’s participating countries. It also aimed to show ESAV can be integrated into policy, coastal master planning, and marine spatial planning (MSP) development.

Participants were introduced to ecosystem services assessment and valuation and provided  information from their respective islands concerning the identification of key ecosystem services that could be used to populate an ocean mapping platform called Mapping Ocean Wealth (MOW) (http://maps.oceanwealth.org/), which is currently being developed via The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as part of the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP). They were also introduced to carbon sequestration assessments, scenarios and how these concepts could be applied in their respective countries. In addition, funding opportunities that might be available via donors who might be willing to offset their carbon emissions were discussed.

The workshop, which brought together participants from the Caribbean working in various areas, was attended by representatives of all but one of IWECO’s ten participating countries. Significantly, Barbados was represented at an IWECO activity for the first time. It illustrated the linkages between IWEco and CROP, involving overlap with other partners such as the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES). Overall, the workshop was a success as demonstrated by the evaluation survey which indicated high levels of satisfaction and increase of knowledge and understanding in the areas covered amongst participants.