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The OECS Launches Regional Environmental Monitoring Data Portal (REMDAP)

The OECS Launches Regional Environmental Monitoring Data Portal (REMDAP)

OECS Media Release

March 26, 2024 — In our increasingly digital era, the role of data across sectors—from government to environmental conservation—has become pivotal for making informed decisions. "Data is integral to all aspects of our work, offering critical support to global agendas when used responsibly," states Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the Regional Environmental Monitoring Data Portal (REMDAP) was unveiled at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. Developed through collaboration among the United Nations Environment Programme’s Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, REMDAP emerges under the GEF-funded Integrating Water, Land, and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States project.

Christopher Corbin, Coordinator of the Cartagena Convention Secretariat,UNEP, addressed the launch virtually, heralding it as "a celebration of data's crucial role in environmental management and projects like the GEF." He emphasized REMDAP's importance in addressing the significant challenges of generating, using, archiving, and storing environmental data and information.

Chamberlain Emmanuel, Head of the OECS Commission’s Environmental Sustainability Division, highlighted the vital role of environmental management in sustainable development.

"Through the availability and use of data, we gain insights into environmental systems, leading to better future positioning. Data acquisition and analysis are increasingly invaluable to decision-makers for various purposes, including compliance evaluation, awareness building, and the formulation of science-based policies for transformative governance."

REMDAP aims to enhance the preservation of Caribbean ecosystems and natural resources by improving data availability and serving as a clearinghouse to bolster regional environmental monitoring and assessment efforts. Its objectives include providing reliable data sources for decision-makers, offering useful metrics for monitoring, including multi-scale tools for tracking progress on environmental agreements, and upgrading regional capacity for managing environmental indicators.

This initiative promises to enhance informed decision-making and strengthen regional environmental monitoring and assessment processes, contributing significantly to the preservation of the Caribbean's natural resources.



Danny Moonie Communications / Knowledge Management Specialist, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
OECS Communications Unit Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States






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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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