Through the Darwin Plus project Turks and Caicos Islands technical assistance programme for effective coastal-marine management (DPLUS119), JNCC, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) are working together to improve the evidence base and build local capacity to support sustainable coastal and marine management approaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Work Package 4 will support the promotion of long-term benefits from the methods, tools, and techniques developed during the project by delivering capacity building activities and product guidance manuals across the technical Work Packages (1–3).
The Knowledge Exchange Programme is a key aspect of each technical Work Package within this project. It aims to facilitate lasting benefits for project partners and the environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In-depth capacity building across Work Packages will support the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Government in using, managing, and updating the tools developed by the project to inform more effective environmental decision-making. Events held with community groups will raise awareness of the essential benefits provided by the marine environment to local people and facilitate wider engagement in how the project supports the protection of the islands’ unique and valuable natural assets.
The Knowledge Exchange Programme is underpinned by a detailed Stakeholder and Community Engagement Strategy which includes the following key components.
Virtual Knowledge Exchange
Knowledge exchange activities were originally planned to take place in-person, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions they were adapted to be held primarily online. Though in-person events cannot be entirely replaced, remote meetings and training sessions have proved effective during the pandemic and have other benefits such as reducing the environmental impact of frequent travel and allowing events to be recorded and revisited.
Virtual knowledge exchange activities for each technical Work Package are being delivered by representatives from the JNCC Team to all relevant TCI Government staff and stakeholders. The activities focus on disseminating the tools developed during the project and building the capacity of stakeholders to independently implement them in the long-term to support effective coastal-marine management.
The tools and techniques that will be delivered across the technical Work Packages by the project end include a natural asset register, ecosystem service delivery maps, a natural capital decision support tool, vulnerability and status assessments, and ecological indicators. Additional virtual knowledge exchange activities will be delivered to support the implementation of an Information Management System for the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Government. This will build capacity for the effective management of the environmental data which underpins the natural capital tools developed by the project.
Knowledge Exchange Programme reports for each Work Package will be published to this page when delivered.
Product Guidance Manuals
The Knowledge Exchange Programme will encourage input and feedback from participants to contribute to the production of detailed guidance manuals for tools and techniques delivered by the project. Guidance manuals will support the continued use of technical products and inform how they are to be updated and expanded as required to maximise the benefits of the project.
Product guidance manuals for each Work Package will be published to this page when delivered.
Knowledge Exchange Event
At least one knowledge exchange event will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands and will involve representatives from all the project’s partner organisations, including JNCC’s technical teams, DECR, SAERI, and other relevant stakeholders. The event will showcase all elements of the project and facilitate in-person collaboration and knowledge exchange to support the uptake of project outputs.
A summary report from the knowledge exchange event will be published to this page when delivered.
Work Package 4 will work with community groups across the Turks and Caicos Islands to facilitate wider engagement in the project and highlight how the tools being developed will help to manage the coastal-marine environment for both people and nature. Through local events, Work Package 4 aims to raise awareness among residents and stakeholders of the valuable benefits that nature provides to society to encourage local support for the work being undertaken to protect the natural assets of the islands.
Project Engagement Materials
Communication and engagement materials published by the project to date include:
- JNCC News Item: Supporting sustainable coastal and marine management in Turks and Caicos Islands (20/10/2020).
- The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands Press Release: Darwin Plus funding secured for new international partnership project in the Turks and Caicos Islands (21/10/2020).
- JNCC Nature News Article: From ridge to reef Building an Environment Strategy for the Turks and Caicos Islands (Autumn/Winter 2020, page 10-11).
- JNCC Nature News Article: Mapping and modelling marine natural capital (Spring 2021, page 18-19).
- JNCC News Item: New reports explore nature’s valuable services to the Turks and Caicos Islands (01/04/2022).