OECS Signs US$6.3M to Support Blue Economy Transition in the Eastern Caribbean

OECS Signs US$6.3M to Support Blue Economy Transition in the Eastern Caribbean

OECS Media Release

Friday, October 20, 2017 — Washington DC - The commitment to sustainable growth and resilience of the Caribbean’s Blue Economy was strengthened on Saturday October 14, with the signing of a US$6.3 million Grant Agreement for the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP).

The Agreement, signed during the World Bank’s Annual Meetings at its headquarters in Washington DC by Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS Commission; and Ms. Tahseen Sayed Khan, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, will support Eastern Caribbean countries to preserve and strengthen resilience of coastal and marine resources, and implement regional policies to stimulate blue growth. 

In light of the recent devastating impacts of hurricanes on OECS Member States, and on other states and territories of the Caribbean Region, Commander David Robin, Programme Coordinator of Ocean Governance and Fisheries at the OECS Commission, made a presentation on the theme Unlocking Ocean Wealth in Support of Sustainable Growth and Resilience: Strengthening Ocean Governance in the Eastern Caribbean.

Commander Robin also outlined CROP's support towards the implementation of the OECS Eastern Caribbean Regional Ocean Policy, (ECROP), which is a global best practice in regional co-operation for transition to a sustainable ocean economy (a blue economy).

The signing of the Grant Agreement comes to fruition following negotiations in July 12, 2017, and approval of the Project by the Executive Directors of the World Bank on September 25, 2017. The Project was officially declared effective on October 18, 2017.

Specifically, CROP will:

  • Support the implementation of regional policies, including mapping ocean assets, developing coastal and marine spatial plans and national ocean policies and strategies through active citizen engagement;
  • Collaborate with private sector technology companies and education platforms to advance ocean education; and
  • Improve OECS ocean data coverage and access through collaborative public-private platforms.

This support will allow countries to better manage natural infrastructure which is the first line of defense against storm surges and damage from rising frequency of extreme weather events, such as the recent hurricanes.

The Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), administered by the World Bank, and will be implemented by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission in close collaboration with Member States.

Participating Eastern Caribbean countries are Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. 



Director General of the OECS Commission, Didacus Jules; and World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, Tahseen Sayed Khan, sign CROP Grant Agreement in Washington DC on October 14, 2017.
(L-R Front) Louanne Gilchrist, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the USA; Karin Kemper, WB Senior Director Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice; Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS Commission. (L-R Back) Juan Diego Alonso, WB Senior Country Officer for the Caribbean; Sylvia Michele Diez, WB Task Team Leader CROP, Environmental Specialist; Sabine Hader, WB Country Manager for the Caribbean; Tahseen Sayed, WB Director for the Caribbean; Leslie Glen, WB Advisor to Executive Director; Pawan Patil, WB Co-Task Team Leader CROP, Senior Economist; David Robin, Programme Coordinator of Ocean Governance and Fisheries at the OECS Commission; Francisco Carneiro, WB Program Leader for the Caribbean.
Project team leaders from the World Bank and the OECS Commission responsible for successfully negotiating the CROP initiative: David Robin, Programme Coordinator of Ocean Governance and Fisheries at the OECS Commission (Right); Pawan G. Patil, World Bank Blue Economy Co-Team Leader (Left); and Sylvia Michele Diez, World Bank Task Team Leader (Not pictured).
Virtual CROP Negotiation Meeting with OECS Commission and World Bank teams on July 12, 2017.
World Bank CROP Mission's visit to the OECS Commission from Nov 1-3, 2016.
World Bank CROP Mission's visit to the OECS Commission from Nov 1-3, 2016.
Pawan G. Patil, World Bank Blue Economy Team Leader discusses the Project with OECS Director General, Didacus Jules.