MGI Revolutionises Environmental Reporting for Saint Lucia

Dr Ava Maxam (centre) and Glen Henry (left) of Mona Informatix Ltd with David Oswald (back) of DE Design+Environment and Teshia Jean-Baptiste (right) of Department of Sustainable Development
Interns demonstrating the NEIS to stakeholders and the public in Saint Lucia at the system's launch August 7th 2018
MGI developed the Saint Lucia National Environmental Information Management System (NEIS) for improving the country's reporting to the UNCCD, UNFCCC and UNCBD
Poster used to officially launch the NEIS through NGAGE log-on initialization
The NEIS was presented by Dr Ava Maxam at the system's launch in St Lucia

The St Lucia National Environmental Information System (NEIS), developed by the Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI) in collaboration with DE Design+Environment, was launched in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, on August 7th, 2018. The web-based NEIS serves as a supporting and foundational tool for reporting on the state of the environment under three major Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) - the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). MGI also provided training workshops to key stakeholders in the use of NEIS. The System was launched by the Honourable Gale T. C. Rigobert, Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development.

The system is the first of its kind being implemented for a small-island state, with the important function of centralizing and reporting environmental information specifically relating to these major global agreements ratified worldwide by various governments. MEAs are legal instruments with binding protocols to be enacted by countries such as Saint Lucia that have agreed to become parties. Through these agreements, a united objective can be achieved of minimising negative effects climate change and environmental degradation. Saint Lucia has now implemented a more efficient, effective way of fulfilling the protocols of these agreements - increasing its capacity to share evidence-based information for monitoring and reporting.

The project is being implemented through Saint Lucia' s Department of Sustainable Development with funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

NEIS Website: http://www.neis.govt.lc/#/

 

 
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