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Participatory Planning in the Caribbean

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jonathan Pugh


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1] The leading participatory planning website on the Caribbean This website, initiated in 2002, covers a network that links those concerned with different approaches to participatory planning in the Caribbean. It is singled out by the United Nations on their website and in leading documents as the most comprehensive participatory planning network of the region. Over 150 people from a wide range of disciplines are now part of this network. As can be seen from the website, it contains contact points for academics, conferences, consultants, governmental and non-governmental agencies; a comprehensive reference section, an opportunity to download selected papers on participatory planning in the Caribbean, and also to gather information on new and forthcoming books. An example of a real practical programme with very tangible consequences is a regional programme that I initiated, designed and launched with Caribbean fisherpeople (click on the photograph on the title page of the website). This comes under the broader banner of ‘Developing Institutional Capital in the Fisherfolk Communities of the Caribbean’. The programme involves hundreds of fisherpeople being paid to explore and enhance the links between different fishing interests across the region. The website presents a range of findings from this programme. These include seven country reports as well as media reviews and other associated materials. The website is also directly linked to the development of the first regional fisherfolk union in the Caribbean. In its short life this union has become involved in the recent United Nations mediated conflicts between Trinidad and Barbados over access to fishing grounds. These conflicts have been reported in the press (a debate that I continued with Darcus Howe recently in the New Statesman). This fisherfolk programme was funded by DFID. Total funding so far has amounted to over £50,000. The website remains the main and single most important source for the sharing of information across the region on the development of this participatory planning programme. The website is particularly effective, as it has already been widely publicised in the Caribbean through the over 1000 contacts that I have developed over the last seven years of ESRC and DFID funded research. I have advertised the website on regional television, radio, in local and regional newspapers, governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations (as well as in DFID documents). The website has received extremely positive feedback from users – being regularly recommended through other, more natural science oriented, environmental internet-forums serving the Caribbean. The work on the website has also gained publicity through a wide range of sources in areas outside of the Caribbean, through Prospect Magazine, to the New Statesman, to over thirty academic articles and books, easily being acknowledged as the leading source for participatory planning information in the Caribbean.

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Author(s): Pugh J

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Unpublished

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Year: 2002

Access Year: 2002

Publisher: Jonathan Pugh

Source Publication Date: 2006

Type of Medium: website


Notes: The leading website on participatory planning in the Caribbean