In my first month I have been working on a range of topics, such as for example the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project. This regional project aims at protecting the Caribbean marine environment as a large scale ecosystem. In addition, I have conducted some research on the importance of coastal defense ecosystem services provided by mangroves in the region, and I have been helping with the reorganization of the library. Currently, I am completing tasks related to a project that promotes an Ecosystem Based Management approach when designating, managing and monitoring Marine Managed Areas in the Caribbean region.
Overall, the different tasks have given me a good insight into the environmental issues that are present in this region, but also the activities and tools that are being applied to address the problems. Furthermore, I have improved my understanding of the role that the UNEP CAR/RCU plays within those activities and how it contributes to the projects.
Apart from work, I have settled in well and am weekly discovering new places in Kingston to go out for dinner or an after work drink with the other interns. Also, I have made a few trips on weekends to beautiful beaches and countryside in different parts of the island.
Sometimes I still don’t understand acronyms or get confused with the different partners that UNEP CAR/RCU works with because there are so many!
It is normal to not know or understand everything when you are new to a job, so don’t worry and ask questions!