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La Educación
Número: (115) II
Año: 1993

New Initiatives

In addition to the projects reviewed earlier, a number of other recent and ongoing initiatives also augur well for the expansion of environmental education in the Caribbean. The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development, is coordinating a regional Environment and Coastal Resources Project (ENCORE), a significant component of which embraces training and education in natural resource management. OECS/ENCORE collaborated with the Caribbean Conservation Association to hold a nine-day workshop for fifteen marine park managers in November 1992. The objective was to strengthen the capacity of selected participants to manage marine protected areas.

The Regional Coordinating Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme based in Kingston, Jamaica, includes on its list of environmental awareness activities the following:
  • Development of centers of excellence;
  • Environmental education training for professionals, including Media Managers and decision makers;
  • Development of information packages for use by students.
There are, as well, a number of other general trends which suggest that education about the environment is slowly getting the recognition it deserves. These include, for example:
  • Increase in the quantity and quality of publications about environmental issues, ranging from cartoon booklets and posters to fact sheets on environmental issues;
  • Increase in the number of children’s summer camps and library programs on environmental themes;
  • Greater involvement of the regional media, including the formation of a Caribbean Environmental Reporters Network;
  • Increase in regional awards for environmental action, including a Media Award for Environmental Reporting and the Governor General’s Awards for Environmental Achievement in Barbados.
As public awareness of environment and development issues continues to increase, decision makers in government, educators, and the public are better placed to capitalize on new ideas and technologies to facilitate transfer of information and to use this information to promote positive change and improved environmental management.

The formation of a Caribbean Association of Environmental Educators (Trinidad, November 1991) should contribute significantly towards forging a new Earth Ethic which could inspire Caribbean people to join in the emerging trend towards a global partnership between all peoples. Such a partnership could foster commitment to make the planet a secure, hospitable, and equitable home for present and future generations—not only by our declarations, but also by our positive actions.