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The Development Account project “Strengthening Capacity in the Compilation of Statistics and Indicators for Conference Follow-up in the CARICOM Region” was jointly carried out by UNSD and the CARICOM Secretariat between 2000 and 2003 and covered the areas of social/gender and environment statistics, with a supporting component of information technology.
Following a preparatory assessment phase, the environment statistics component of the project was launched at the Workshop on Environment Statistics held in Belize in 2000 where participants agreed upon a list of environment statistics and indicators to be collected jointly by UNSD and CARICOM and to be presented in a regional publication. Subsequently, Member States engaged in compiling data, some supported by intra-regional study tours and ad hoc consultancy and advisory services. Several regional and international organizations were consulted and contributed data or text to the chapters. An Expert Group Meeting to review the draft publication was held in 2001.
The publication, The CARICOM Environment in Figures 2002, presents the major environmental issues through textual summaries, tables, charts and graphs together with detailed comments on the data.
Several Member States in the region have organized workshops or seminars at the national level in environment statistics and have increased inter-agency collaboration since the inception of the project. The project has provided stimulus and support to the existing initiatives of Belize and Jamaica in environment statistics. Four environment statistics compendia have been published in Belize since 1999 and two in Jamaica since 2002. Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Suriname published their first environment statistics compendia during the course of the project. Suriname produced a second environment statistics compendium in 2006. Antigua & Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago produced their first draft compendia and St. Kitts & Nevis produced a CD-ROM of their first compendium of environment statistics.
An Advisory Group comprising seven directors of national statistical offices, representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat and UNSD, was established to ensure sustainability in the areas of social/gender and environment statistics in the region. As part of the project UNSD supported three meetings of the Advisory Group. The Advisory Group has continued to meet annually since the Project was completed. CARICOM has continued to promote environment statistics in the region and more recent information can be found in the ENVSTATS newsletters issues 16 and 17.