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Integrated Coastal Zone Management Capacity-Building

Canada’s Total Contribution: $275,532

Targeted Countries: Cuba

Funding Period: 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014

Delivery Partner(s):

  • Dalhousie University International Research and Development

Description

This project aims to enhance municipal environmental management practices and the quality of life of communities in the coastal zone of south-east Cuba. The university partners are contributing to national policy and practices on implementation of local integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) through their enhanced capacity to deliver gender-equitable ICZM education and training activities, especially in rural areas. Municipal governments are undertaking ICZM to resolve local coastal and environmental problems based on integrated management strategies. Education and training in ICZM and environmental management is also being provided at the local level in order to ensure the involvement of women and youth participants.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved to date are contributing to improving integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), leading to a better quality of life for people living in south-east Cuba’s coastal regions. For example, ICZM training was provided to municipal government officials in San Antonio del Sur and ten in Guáma, an increasing number of people at the Universidad de Oriente and the Universidad de Guantánamo. In addition, more specific multimedia training modules were provided for government officials on coastal systems and marine biodiversity, land-use planning, vulnerability and risk assessment and management, renewable energy, environmental management for businesses, environmental education, sustainable tourism and eco-agriculture.

Local Economic Growth and Food Security

Canada’s Total Contribution: $929,779

Targeted Countries: Cuba

Funding Period: 2012/2013, 2013/2014

Delivery Partner(s):

  • Dalhousie University International Research and Development

Description

This project aims to contribute to local economic growth and ensure that people in four eastern provinces of Cuba - namely Las Tunas, Granma, Guantanamo, and Santiago de Cuba - have access to nutritious, safe and sufficient food. It is designed to improve the capacity of local government agencies and municipalities to plan, implement, and assess local economic development strategies and initiatives. It further seeks to strengthen the capacity of more than 200 local and provincial government officials, half of whom are women, and university representatives. The project also aims to enhance the business skills of small farmers, enterprise owners, and cooperatives, by providing support and technical assistance to micro-enterprise agricultural and food production. In this task, the project will train as many as 100 small farmers, increase access to and availability of microcredit, and increase the environmental sustainability of food-producing and processing micro-enterprises.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate outcomes are an increase in the number of food production/processing micro enterprises created or improved, and an enhanced capacity of local and provincial government agencies to plan and develop local economic strategies to oversee and support newly established food micro-enterprises. In addition, the project contributes to the strengthening of Cuban partners’ capacity to implement industrial techniques in agricultural and food production that use waste for productive purposes and reduce the need for imported energy and resources.
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