Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) program 2015Enlarge image CATS @ the Belle Vue famers cooperative (© GIZ)
2014 CATS developed detailed Plans of Operation for the climate change component in eight CARICOM Member States: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Vincent & Grenadines.
In its futher progress CATS integrated 2015 support for the Belle Vue famers cooperative in Soufrière/St. Lucia. The project supports the development of the local agriculture and fisheries industry as well as a Water Supply Redevelopment Project. In August 2015 the cooperative received a pick up truck, water tanks, shredders, solar pumps and other items. Mr. Michael Freudenberg, Vice-Ambassador at the Embassy, was honored to represent the Embassy in Port of Spain at the ceremony.
CATS is an umbrella program that is bringing together two topical projects, namely one on “Adaptation of Rural Economies and Natural Resources to Climate Change”, and the other on the “Management of Coastal Resources and Conservation of Marine Biodiversity”. The German Government has committed more than 10 million euros to CARICOM for this regional program. The local office of Germanys' Association for international Development (GIZ - Gesellschaft für internationals Zusammenarbeit GmbH) works closely with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in the execution of this project.