Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) is an umbrella program that brings together two financially independent regional GIZ-programs:

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Background:

The coastal and marine ecosystems of the Caribbean and their coral reefs, in particular, are among the most threatened worldwide. The economies of the fifteen (15) coastal and small island developing states (SIDS) forming the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are highly dependent on the intactness and productivity of the coastal and marine environments, both in terms of direct resource use as well as the use of services deriving from these environments. Given the vulnerability of these CARICOM economies, the management and use of these resources and of various ecosystem services can be described as inadequate and/or unsustainable. One core reason for this, even after decades of recognition and slow-paced improvements, is the low management capacity of the responsible authorities and other key stakeholders.
The CATS Programme
The Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) Programme is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (10.5 Million Euros) between 2013 and 2017 in eight (8) target countries – Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Programme is being implemented by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) (formerly the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute [CEHI]) on behalf of CARICOM, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in association with a number of other partners. See Figure 1 below for an overview of these other partners.

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