Supporting Montserrat and St Helena to enhance welfare and development through improved environmental management.Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs
This programme is delivered by JNCC and aims to improve environmental management. This includes better management of water resources, fisheries and landscapes and to enhance economic security, welfare and development of local communities dependent on the natural environment for their livelihoods. This includes farmers dependent on scarce water resources and island communities where better fisheries management increases food supply and incomes. Landscape scale management enhances security of food and water supply and reduces vulnerability to natural disasters such as drought or storm associated flooding and coastal hurricane storm surge.
Assistance in line with UK objectives on Chevening Scholarships in Montserrat which enables students to pursue postgraduate study at UK higher education institutions, returning to contribute to the development of their home country
Assistance in line with UK objectives on diplomatic activity in Montserrat which helps deliver FCO priority outcomes linked to strengthening peace, security and governance, building resilience to external stresses, and/or promoting global prosperity
Provision of identification service for invasive invertebrate plant pests for the UKOTs which can impact upon biodiversity and commercial interests and rapid advice when bio-security threats are detected. ODA funding is being used to support the provision of that service in ODA eligible territories.
To support the Government of Montserrat in its delivery of essential public services to meet the reasonable assistance needs of its citizens, including health, education and maintaining air and sea access. This includes filling key critical gaps and building the capability and capacity of the island's public service.
To achieve economic growth on Montserrat and to enhance the island’s resilience against natural disasters and economic shocks through the improvement of critical infrastructure and enhancing its tourism offer.
GRID is a programme to provide targeted technical support to locally-led reform processes taking place in the Montserrat public sector. These reforms cover public financial management, project management, procurement, human resources and strengthening the central role of the Office of the Premier. The aim of these reforms is to improve public sector delivery and provide greater assurance that public finances (including the c.60% of Montserrat’s budget provided by DFID financial aid) are being managed effectively and efficiently with greater transparency and accountability.
This 'Follow-on-Fund' proposal has three main aims. The first two are to (1) share the findings of a series of research projects that have highlighted the importance of cultural and historical knowledge in disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean and (2) engage in a process of collaborative learning with our partners responsible for disaster risk reduction as we develop the vehicles for how we share this information. Both of these will help us acheive our third aim (3) understanding how we can effectively integrate and celebrate cultural and natural histories and how this can or should change strategies for disaster risk reduction. To achieve these aims we have several objectives: (a) co-create and design two mobile exhibitions. One will be for use on Montserrat to celebrate, preserve and document the geo-cultural heritage of Montserrat, as well as act as a catalyst for interactions between differing sectors of society. Our partners in developing this will be the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and through them we will also work with the Government of Montserrat, the Montserrat National Trust and Montserrat Red Cross. The second will be used in the United Kingdom, and aimed at creating a dialogue with policymakers and donors of aid in international development. We will draw on our research in Dominica, St. Vincent and Montserrat to demonstrate the value of disaster risk reduction and try to influence ways the United Kingdom contributes to improved resilience and preparedness in the Caribbean. Our partners in developing this exhibit will be the Seismic Research Centre of the university of the West indies, the British Red Cross and the Emergency Planning Group of the Department for International Development. (b) extend our knowledge base of local experience of volcanic eruption and hurricanes on Montserrat through community story-telling workshops, to increase the breadth and depth of engagement (c) create a space in which we can reflect on our progress and learning so we can understand how to integrate equitable, inclusive impact with policy-relevant insights. We will collect information on how and why people learn from the exhibit and reflect on the variety of stakeholders that ineract with the exhibit. (d) Develop a website that will allow the project team to use the exhibit to find accessible means to share existing research findings, as well as to document how our own understanding evolves. We also want to use this as a way to connect the diverse diaspora of impacts communities in the Caribbean and their varying experiences. All of our partners will work with us on developing these materials and a significant dimension to this digital archive will be the encouragement of further sharing. Our ultimate goal is to put our research 'to work' to help shape effective equitable disaster risk reduction strategies, both directly in a country where they are responding to future hydro-meteorological risks while recovering from a geophysical disaster (Montserrat) and indirectly in the United Kingdom via agencies responsible for providing support and advice during and after hazardous events.