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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 13836-13855; doi:10.3390/su71013836

Advancing Environmental Mainstreaming in the Caribbean Region: The Role of Regional Institutions for Overcoming Barriers and Capacity Gaps

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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 1400-220 Laurier Street, Ottawa K1P 5Z9, ON, Canada
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Institute of Environmental Studies (IES), University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
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Caribbean Hub Capacity Building ACP-MEAs, CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, P.O. Box 10827, Greater Georgetown, Guyana
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 21 August 2015 / Revised: 25 September 2015 / Accepted: 9 October 2015 / Published: 14 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

Environmental mainstreaming (EM) is a policy instrument to integrate environmental risks and opportunities into planning and implementation. A body of knowledge exists on identifying barriers for EM at the national level. This paper identifies contributions of regional institutions for improving capacities for EM at the national level, using the Caribbean region as a case study. The methodology adopted combines in-depth interviews with senior policy-makers and participatory workshops for medium- and junior-level staff of government agencies. Four barriers for EM are analyzed with specific roles for regional agencies, including weak leadership, insufficient science–policy linkages, deficits in quantity and quality of human resources, and institutional aspects. Research findings identify regional leadership as crucial to supporting the science–policy interface, to share data and knowledge across countries facing similar challenges, to provide assistance with national policy development for EM involving transboundary issues, and to ensure cross-sectoral perspectives in regional initiatives, especially those on economic development. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental mainstreaming; policy integration; science and policy; SIDS; Caribbean region environmental mainstreaming; policy integration; science and policy; SIDS; Caribbean region
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Bizikova, L.; Metternicht, G.; Yarde, T. Advancing Environmental Mainstreaming in the Caribbean Region: The Role of Regional Institutions for Overcoming Barriers and Capacity Gaps. Sustainability 2015, 7, 13836-13855.

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