Commemorating United Nations World Oceans Day 2021: Life and Livelihoods

Mapping Ocean Wealth and Marine Spatial Planning

Data and Tools for Improved
Decision-Making in the Eastern Caribbean

8 June, 2021 | 09:00 AM to 6:00 PM

About Us

In 2013 the OECS Heads of Government endorsed the Eastern Caribbean Regional Ocean Policy (ECROP) and its associated strategic action plan (ECROP SAP) to enable a blue economy approach in the OECS. The ECROP guides the future use of the region’s marine waters and provides a basis for enhanced coordination and management of ocean resources within the Eastern Caribbean. Pursuant to efforts under the ECROP, the OECS has sought to form partnerships and access funds to begin to implement the ECROP in earnest. On October 14, 2017, a Grant Agreement for the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP) was signed between the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, acting as an Implementing Agency of the Global Environment Facility, and the OECS.

The grant directly benefits five participating Member States, namely: Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The CROP is designed to contribute to the implementation of the ECROP by strengthening capacity for ocean governance, and coastal and marine spatial planning in the participating countries: a necessity to facilitate transitioning to a Blue Economy. For further information on the CROP visit: and


Mapping Ocean Wealth: Outputs and Key Findings under the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP)

Dialogue on Tools for Decision Making on Ocean Matters

Mapping Ocean Wealth Models: Fisheries and Tourism

Training on Mapping Ocean Wealth

Sharing of Experiences in Marine Spatial Planning in SIDS

Virtual Exhibitionn

Launch of OECS Journalist Challenge and Tag an Artiste Challenge


Launch of OECS Journalist Challenge

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Tag an Artiste Challenge

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  • Welcome (5 minutes)
  • Opening Remarks (10 minutes – OECS, World Bank, Norway, TNC)
  • Launch of Journalist Challenge and Tag an Artists Challenge
  • Video: More Than Just Islands

Session 1 - Mapping Ocean Wealth

9.45 am - High level overview of CROP Mapping Ocean Wealth outputs and key findings – MarkSpalding (40 minutes)
  • Overview of models, major findings and links to blue economy and marine spatial planning
  • Brief intro on ecosystem service models
10.30am - Panel on existing platforms for decision-making - Kate Longley-Wood, TNC; Martha CeciliaPrada, UN; Lauretta Burke, WRI; Valerie McNulty, TNC (60 minutes)
  • Mapping Ocean Wealth global & OECS
  • EBM Framework with a focus on MSP
  • Ocean Watch
  • Q&A – 20 minutes
11.35am - Concurrent Sessions to learn about MOW models and receive short training (60 minutes)
  • Fisheries
  • Tourism
  • Mapping Ocean Wealth tool training

Session 2: Exhibition Viewing and networking

Exhibition Hall and Lobby


Session 3: Sharing of experiences in Marine Spatial Planning

Presentations by Panellists (1hour 20 minutes):
  • Barbados, Leo Brewster - Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Sarah Mahadeo, Consultant
  • Seychelles - Joanna Smith, The Nature Conservancy
  • CROP – Susanna De Beauville-Scott, Project Manager
Question and Answer Session (30 minutes)
Break: Video – A Blue Economy for the OECS

Brief Closing Remarks and redirection to exhibition and networking lounge.