The Department of Environment is pleased to announce that it has begun to distribute US $34,500 worth of equipment to government and partner agencies as part of the Cross Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This equipment includes Information Technology equipment, Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS), field data collection smartphones and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software
The agencies to benefit are the Department of Analytical Services, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), the Community Development Division, the National Parks Authority and the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG). The total amount contributed to this effort is just over $34,500 USD.
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF)-funded project being implemented by the Department of Environment which is providing the equipment is the – “Monitoring and Assessment of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) Implementation and Environmental Trends in Antigua and Barbuda.” This project is directly aligned to the Cross-Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) focal area of the GEF.
The CCCD project is aiming to improve data management practices among government agencies, NGOs and research institutions. It is anticipated that collectively these agencies can work together in enhancingdata collection and information sharing in Antigua & Barbuda.
Data Manager of the DOE’s Data Management Unit, Jason Williams said that: “Too many times decisions are made without the proper data and information and this can negatively affect the outcomes of projects. The CCCD project aims to address this issue by assisting agencies in improving the way they collect, store and manage their data.”
The project will also conduct capacity building trainings later in the year targeting these and other agencies to strengthen their GIS and data management skills in general. The final outcome of these collaborations is to ensure that environmental data is available and readily accessible to the decision-makers and public through an online National Environmental Information System (NEIS). More information on the NEIS will be shared in the upcoming months.
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