The Caribbean Environment Programme Regional Coordinating Unit/Secretariat to the Cartagena Convention (Car/RCU) will be the lead Executing Agency. The Proposed execution arrangements tale advantage of the recognized expertise of the Secretariat to the Cartagena Convention in matters related to the marine and coastal environment and in working in a multi-lingual environment, as well as its expertise in implementing the Cartagena Convention and particularly its LBS and SPAW Protocols. Another important regional stakeholder are the Regional Activity Centres for the Implementation of the Protocols on Land-based Sources of Pollution and the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife. The technical node for the LBS Protocol is jointly shared between the Centre for Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CIMAB) in Cuba, and the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in Trinidad and Tobago, while the centre for the SPAW Protocol is located in Guadeloupe. All of these form part of the Caribbean Environment Programme’s implementation structure. The project will include these centres in its networking and coordination activities and in any stakeholder and partnership arrangements. UN Environment through its office of Car/RCU will host the Regional Project Coordinator for this project, who will be used in Kingston, Jamaica.
Day-to-day project monitoring of the IWEco project is the responsibility of the Project Coordination Unit (PCU, or UNEP/CEP/PCU) but other project partners will have responsibilities to collect specific information to track progress indicators. PCU on behalf of UNEP, and in collaboration with project partners, will also regularly review Project Risks and Assumptions.
The national project steering committees will oversee the efficient utilization of GEF resources in their countries through evaluation of the performance of the National Project Management Units and ensuring that challenges and bottlenecks are be removed. The PCU further supports this process and will also provide technical backstopping and guidance to the national execution mechanisms.
Last but not least, the PCU is responsible for the timely disbursement of funds, including the all over project administration, which will enable national projects to be executed and supporting agencies to assist with developing and/or enhancing regional approaches, policies for the benefit of all participating countries.