2nd Entry

Posted by Sean Chedda at Dec 16, 2015 12:25 PM |
Almost six weeks have passed since I started my internship and I can’t believe how quickly the time went by! I have been working on a number of different SPAW projects at the office, but also discovered some of Jamaica’s beautiful countryside over the weekends.

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. 

Challenges faced
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!

Lessons learnt
It is normal to not know or understand everything when you are new to a job, so don’t worry and ask questions!