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Sherlene Audinett

Sherlene Audinett

 

Institution: The University of the West Indies, Mona

Country: Regional

Project: Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience

Sector: Environment and Natural Disasters- Climate Change Adaptation Policy

Abstract: Fishery-Related Ecological and Socio-economic Impact Assessments and Monitoring System

Loan/Credit/Grant No.: ATN/SX-14696-RG

Contract/Bid No.: CF13/C4.02-1

Deadline: 17 July 2017

The University of the West Indies, Mona has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), toward the cost of the Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include:

  1. The conduct of ecological and socio-economic assessments of the impacts of climate change and variability on the fisheries resources and sector;
  2. Developing and implementing suitable analytical tools and methods for fisheries and marine ecosystem analyses and assessments to quantify the impacts of climate change and variability on fisheries production, post-harvest and marketing systems and associated livelihoods and to predict likely future impacts and provision of training in the use of the tools and methods;
  3. Developing a fisheries and environment database and the associated meta-database, as well as, the supporting database manual and data and information policy and provision of training on database management/usage; and
  4. Development and implementation of a stakeholder engagement proposal to build stakeholder awareness on the impacts of climate change and variability on the fisheries resources and sector, and to engage stakeholders in identifying feasible recommendations for climate-smart fisheries management decision-making. 

The Fishery-Related Ecological and Socio-economic Impact Assessments and Monitoring System are expected to improve the information base and its usage for climate-smart fisheries planning and management decision-making, as well as, risk management in the fisheries sector. The consultancy is expected to be delivered over 25 months beginning September 2017.

The work is expected to be carried out by a consulting firm with at least five (5) years of proven experience assessing the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change and climate variability on the fisheries resources and fisheries sector, with specific experience in the conduct of fisheries and marine ecosystem analyses and assessments to quantify past, and predicted, climate change and climate variability impacts on fisheries production, post-harvest and marketing systems and associated livelihoods. The consulting firm is also expected to have at least ten (10) years of experience working with the fisheries sector, addressing issues that include risk management, and to have experience working in data-limited situations. Knowledge of, and experience in, the management of fisheries in Small Islands Developing States, with specific experience in the Caribbean region, are highly desirable.

The experts comprising the consulting team may be international or national consultants and should include: (i) one Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Assessment Expert; (ii) one Natural Resource Economist; (iii) one Climate Change/Climate Variability Expert; (iv) one Fisheries Management Expert; (v) one Database Design and Development Expert; (vi) one Value Chain Management Expert with experience in food and nutrition security issues; (vii) one Social Science Expert with expertise in Fisheries Extension; and (viii) one Communications and Media Expert. The team should have proven experience in project management and working with a range of stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental organizations. Knowledge of climate change issues and disaster risk management in the fisheries sector is required.   

It is expected that the experts in Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Assessment, Natural Resource Economics, Climate Change/Climate Variability and Database Design and Development would each either have a Ph.D. and at least five (5) years proven practical experience in the respective fields, or a Master’s Degree with at least ten (10) years proven practical experience in the respective fields.

The experts in Fisheries Management, Value Chain Management, Social Science and Communications and Media are expected to have at least a Master’s Degree with at least five (5) years proven practical experience in the respective fields. In addition, the Social Science expert is required to have experience working with the fishing sector in small-island developing states.

The University of the West Indies, through its Mona Office for Research and Innovation, now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

Short lists shall comprise six firms with a wide geographic spread, with no more than two firms from any one country.

Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Inter-American Development Bank: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank GN-2350-9 and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the policies.

 

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. For the purpose of establishing the short list, the nationality of a firm is that of the country in which it is legally incorporated or constituted and in the case of Joint Venture, the nationality of the firm appointed to represent it.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality- and Cost-Based Selection method set out in the Consultant Policies.

Expressions of interest must not exceed 20 pages and submitted online via www.gojep.gov.jm  by 17 July 2017 at 2 p.m. Jamaican time.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Caribbean Regional PPCR Project Office-MORI

Attn: Erica Haughton- Procurement Officer

Electronics Building, Department of Physics

The University of the West Indies

Mona Campus, Kingston 7

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Monday, 29 May 2017 13:43

Partnership Agreements

YEAR TITLE PARTIES
2019 Declaration on CRFM - OSPESCA Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources CRFM and OSPESCA
2019 Declaración Sobre la Cooperación del CRFM - OSPESCA para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Pesca y los Recursos de la Acuicultura CRFM and OSPESCA
2019 Second CRFM - OSPESCA Joint Plan of Action CRFM and OSPESCA
2019 Segundo Plan de Accion Conjunto CRFM - OSPESCA CRFM and OSPESCA
2019 Memorandum of Understanding on Strengthening Cooperation between CDEMA and the CRFM CDEMA and CRFM
2019 Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of a Collaborative Relationship between CCRIF SPC and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) CCRIF and CRFM
2018 Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations Environment Programme represented by the Caribbean Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) UNEP and CRFM
2017

Memorandum of Understanding Establishing the Interim Coordination Mechanism for the Sustainable Management, Use and Protection of shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems

CARICOM, CCAD, CRFM, FAO, WECAFC, UNOPS, OECS, OSPESCA, UNEP, CLME+
2017

Memorandum of Understanding on Stranegthening Cooperation between CROSQ, CAHFSA and the CRFM

CROSQ, CAHFSA and the CRFM
 2016  Addendum No. One (1) to the Cooperative Agreement between CRFM and the University of Florida for development of cooperative and synergistic efforts between Florida and the CRFM, which will enhance the professional and academic interchange between the two  institutions CRFM and University of Florida
2016 Memorandum of Understanding for Interim Coordination on Sustainable Fisheries among the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on behalf of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA) WECAFC / CRFM / OSPESCA
 2015  Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) for the joint provision of Capacity Building in Ocean Governance in support of the Caribbean Region dated 3 December 2015 CRFM and IOI
2015

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Marine Research including Aquaculture between L’Institut Francais de Recherche pour L’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

IFREMER and CRFM
 

Memorandum of Understanding between ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation (CTA) and Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) to provide an overall framework within which CTA and CRFM will collaborate on Projects and other activities of mutual interest for the ultimate benefit of Agriculture and Rural development in CARICOM/CARIFORUM Countries

CTA and CRFM
2012

Memorandum of Understanding between Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at University of Wollongong (UOW), NSW, Australia and Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, 

Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) and CRFM
2012   Letter of Agreement between the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme (UNU–FTP) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)  CRFM and United Nations Univ. – Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP)
 2009 Memorandum of Understanding between Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)and Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) College of William and Mary to develop proposals relating to research, training and development projects involving Caribbean region scientists and staff, faculty and students at VIMS  CRFM and VIMS
 2009 Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the University of Belize (UB)  CRFM and University of Belize
 2008  Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions   CRFM & IOC-IOCARIBE
 2008  Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the United Nations University – Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) t CRFM & UNU-FTP
 2008  Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Fisheries and Coastal and Marine Resource matters between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Dominican Republic CRFM and Dominican Republic
 2006  Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the School for Graduate Studies and Research, University of the West Indies,  CRFM and UWI
2006

Memorandum of Understanding between Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and Centre for Maritime Research (MARE), Amsterdam

CRFM and Centre for Maritime Research (MARE)
 2005  Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI), Dalhousie University, Canada
 CRFM & IOI
 2004  Memorandum of Understanding between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) for the joint provision of Capacity Building in Ocean Governance in support of the Caribbean Region 

CRFM & IOI

 

     
     
     
     

 

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the University of the United Nations – Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP)
Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:10

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

 

The CRFM Secretariat is accepting Expressions of Interest for the following three consultancies:

1. Technical support to facilitate adaptive management for eastern Caribbean Flyingfish fisheries

2. Technical support to implementation of management / stress reduction measures in the Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish fishery

3. Technical support to facilitate Long-term Enhancements of Livelihoods and Human Well-being for Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish fisheries

Expressions of Interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person or by mail) by 19 May 2017 at 4:00pm (GMT -6) and addressed to:
           The Executive Director
           CRFM Secretariat
           Princess Margaret Drive
           P.O. Box 642
           Belize City
           Belize, C.A.
           Telephone: (501) 223-4443
                      (501) 223-4444
                      (501) 223-4445

NOTE: Inquiries pertaining to this solicitation are to be directed to the attention of: The Executive Director, CRFM Secretariat, Belize (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and copied to The Deputy Executive Director, CRFM Secretariat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and include the EOI reference.


Dr. Einar Hjörleifsson, visiting data expert from the United Nations University –Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP), Iceland, finished his short-term assignment on fisheries data usage on 3 March 2017. During his wrap-up meeting with the CRFM Secretariat, continued support through CRFM’s partnership with the UNU-FTP was discussed. Summarizing his observations and recommendations, Dr. Hjörleifsson said that “There are already a lot of fisheries data collected by CRFM countries, although one could always ask for more. The approach I took in this short assignment was to attempt to lay a foundation for use of commonly collected data and applying the R software. The R software has already been endorsed by the CRFM scientific working groups, and once the basics of the software is mastered, it opens up new ways to efficiently explore, visualize and summarize fisheries data. R has a steep learning curve, but after the basics are mastered, R opens up myriads of doors for users to analyze other types of data, such as biological, socio-economic and VMS data with only a few additional technical skills”.

While the wrap-up meeting recognized that data management remained an area of continuing weakness for CRFM countries, CRFM’s Deputy Executive Director, Susan Singh-Renton, pointed out that “We identified sensible approaches to support continued capacity building for CRFM’s fisheries data experts, taking into account working conditions and constraints experienced both at the national and CRFM regional levels.” She explained further that “Specifically, the solutions identified as having the most potential for success were: establishing a pool of national experts who could work regionally also, as needed; accommodating for at least two main user preferences in terms of software packages for data analysis, i.e. R and Excel; and, using the CRFM Dgroup space for peer networking

Additionally, during the 2-month visit, Dr. Hjörleifsson had developed a website (http://www.hafro.is/~einarhj/crfmr/) for sharing advice, ideas and case studies on data usage to satisfy CRFM fisheries reporting and management needs, with a special focus on using R, which is free, available online statistical and computing software. This website is expected to be maintained for a while, and especially if CRFM data users find it helpful and are also willing to contribute further to its development as part of our learning process.

In February, Dr. Hjörleifsson also visited Suriname and Dominica, where, in close collaboration with two identified national fisheries data experts, Mr. Mario Yspol (Suriname) and Mr. Derrick Theophille (Dominica), he studied the specific operational situations in these two countries. In reflecting on the Suriname visit, Mr. Yspol said that “Dr. Hjörleifsson examined the systems and procedures for data entry and analysis. We also looked at data that were being gathered but not being analysed, such as vms data. The visit was very short but Dr. Hjörleifsson was able to demonstrate another way of doing things, using the tools of the R software. Since Dr. Hjörleifsson’s visit, I have found the R software and tools to be very effective for improving the quality of data analysis outputs. After a review of the basics of R, the whole system seems so logical and clear. Now it is a question of practice.”  

In the case of Dominica, Mr. Theophille noted that “Dr. Hjorleifsson's visit, while brief, was useful for assessing already progressing R-based projects, such as the national fisheries statistics report that I am tailoring to run automatically when needed. I've since begun revision of the methodology and source code after Dr. Hjorleifsson's input. Mr. Theophille then went on to point out that “Dominica is primed to utilize R at an even greater level than before, making data analysis easier and reporting more reproducible. A number of R projects are already underway locally and soon it is hoped these products may be shared with the region.”

The country missions, as well as consultations with national fisheries data experts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helped greatly to provide Dr. Hjörleifsson with insight concerning country-level challenges and good practices as well, and these were considered carefully in the wrap-up meeting discussions. Dr. Hjörleifsson’s written report of his assignment will become available to the UNU-FTP and the CRFM by the end of March 2017.

Photo Caption: “Mr. Shamal Connell (left) from the Fisheries Division in St. Vincent and the Grenadines seen explaining fishing operations to Dr. Einar Hjörleifsson (right)  at Barrouallie landing site on the west coast of St. Vincent.” 

 

 

The challenges of climate change and variability faced by fishermen and women in four Caribbean countries are to be addressed through early warning and emergency response tools being developed under the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).

The ICT solution, which is being developed by the ICT4Fisheries Consortium in collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), will work to reduce risks to fishers’ lives and livelihoods posed by climate change and climate variability. The ICT4Fisheries Consortium is a multidisciplinary team comprising members from The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine and Cave Hill Campuses, the University of Cape Town and the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations.

Possible impacts of long term climate change trends and short term extreme weather events on Caribbean fisheries include damage to fishing and aquaculture community infrastructure, including roads, harbours, farms and houses caused by sea level rise and stronger storms, as well as unsafe fishing conditions and loss of life at sea as a result of strong storms and hurricanes, according to a 2015 study published by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Other hazards that are believed to be influenced by climate, such as sargassum seaweed, are also of deep concern to fishers. 

The ICT-based early warning system is expected to reduce fisher folks’ vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Using an application for mobile phones, fishers will be able to receive early warnings of risky weather and sea conditions. The mobile application will also be used to encourage fishers to share their local knowledge to support and improve climate-smart fisheries planning, management and decision-making. The system will be integrated within existing national disaster risk management and emergency response frameworks, and its main focus will be on communications.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica and Saint Lucia are the four regional PPCR countries in which the early warning system for fishers will be developed. The system will take into account the specific situations of target countries. ICT4Fisheries will not only develop and deploy the tools but will also provide training in their use and administration to country and regional level stakeholders.  The system should be in place by 2018.

The Caribbean PPCR is a regional programme that consists of six individual country pilots in Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, and a regional track of activities which supports resilience building in these countries and, will also provide benefits to the wider Caribbean.

The Caribbean Regional Track of the PPCR is working to improve regional processes to acquire, store, analyse and disseminate climate relevant information and to pilot and scale up innovative climate resilient initiatives in the region, under the coordination of the University of the West Indies, Mona Office of Research and Innovation (UWI MORI). Funds are provided through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The programme’s activities are spread across four components being co-implemented by five regional institutions.  The early warning and emergency response system for fishers is being developed under component four which supports climate change adaptation initiatives in key sectors, including the Marine Sector. Under this component, co-implementing partner CRFM,an inter-governmental regional fisheries organization that promotes and facilitates responsible and optimal utilization of the region's fisheries and other aquatic resources, is focusing on activities to reduce the impact of climate-related risks on the Caribbean’s fisheries industry. 

 

 The CRFM Secretariat is seeking a qualified candidate for the post of Programme Manager, Research and Resource Assessment with the CRFM Secretariat.  Please see attached Job and Position Description with details about the post.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals and legal residents of CARICOM/CRFM Member States and Associate Members. 

Applications in English Language with full Curriculum Vitae should reach the CRFM Secretariat no later than 28 April 2017.

 

 

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism / Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members to fill the position of PROGRAMME MANAGER – RESEARCH AND RESOURCE ASSESSMENT in the CARIBBEAN REGIONAL FISHERIES MECHANISM (CRFM) SECRETARIAT.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 28 April 2017

Please review the attached file for further details.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 14:47

Preliminary List of Meetings 2017

DATE EVENT LOCATION Meeting Convener
15 - 27 January Norwegian Technical Mission

Belize, Haiti, Barbados, Guyana. Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago

      Gov.Norway
17 January     CLME+ Project Executive Group Meeting Virtual       CLME+
18 January Caribbean Billfish Project Steering Committee Meeting  Virtual       FAO
24 - 26 January Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CME Programme) Marine Workshop for the Caribbean Ocean Region Kingston, Jamaica       UK Gov.
7 - 9 February Inception Workshop of project GCP/SLC/202/SCF "Climate Change Asaptation for Eastern Caribbean Fisheries" Barbados       FAO
20 - 24 February Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for the Wider Caribbean and Central America San Jose, Costa Rica       CBD
2- - 24 February Special Meeting of the SPS Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Trinidad and Tobago       IICA
21 - 23 February First Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum Oranjestad, Aruba       CSDF
23 - 24 February (Tentative) 28th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum St. Vincent and the Grenadines       CRFM
27 - 28 February Validation Workshop- Study on Impacts of Rising Cost Factors on Fishing Operations in the CRFM Member States  Barbados       FAO/CRFM
1 - 3 March First Meeting of the WECAFC/CRFM Regional Working Group on IUU Fishing under Project GCP/SLC/008/USA Support to the Caribbean Regional Working Group on Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (RWG-IUU) Barbados       FAO
TBD 3rd Regional Workshop on Caribbean Billfish Fisheries Management and Conservation, under the Caribbean Billfish Project (GCP/SLC/001/WBK) Dominican Republic       FAO/CRFM
30-31 March  15th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum Jamaica       CRFM
11 - 13 April Meeting of the WECAFC/OSPESCA Working Group on Sharks under project GCP/SLC/013/USA Conservation and Management of SHarks and Rays in the Wider Caribbean Region Barbados       FAO
19 May (Tentative) 11th Meeting fo the CRFM Ministerial Council Guyana       CRFM
23 - 25 May Regional Workshop on the establishment of a Regional Fishing Vessel Register under project GCP/SLC/012/EC Workshop on IUU Fishing of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission Barbados       FAO
24 May - 21 July IOI Training Programme on ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada       IOI
5 - 9 June High Level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Government of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seek to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use of the oceans, sea and marine Resources for sustainable development) New York       Fiji and             Sweden     Gov.
  9th Session of COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture / SIDs Side Event on Aquaculture Iran       FAO
Sept. 2016 - March 2017 United Nations University - Fisheries Training Programme - 6 Month fellowship Iceland       UNU-FTP
October/November  JICA-CARIFICO Dissemination Workshop St. Lucia       JICA-  CARIFICO/CRFM
  70th Meeting of GCFI Mexico       GCFI

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