First PISLM Meeting held in Port of Spain

Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Land Management (PISLM) held its first regional meeting Friday May 6th, 2011 at the Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre in St Ann’s Port of Spain.  PISLM, a partnership formed to support combating degradation in Caribbean, is forging ahead with the implementation of their objectives to facilitate exchanges of good urban and land management practices in the region.

An outcome of a Technical Sub-Regional working group of the Caribbean Small Island Development States (SIDS) Programme,  the partnership will in all likelihood be headed from the existing Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD) located in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.  Members include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Concil to Combat Disertification (UNCCD), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), CARICOM Secretariat, UWI, GTZ and Caribbean SIDS.

For more information about the PISLM, its mission and activities you can navigate to the partnership’s website at; or read about the meeting in articles published in both Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday and Guardian Newspapers.


NSUS: Research Grant – Review of Monitoring and Evaluation Tools to Monitor STI in the Caribbean

According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, competitive economies are those which have put in place systems to enhance productivity on which their present and future prosperity is built.

View of Street in Urban Center, Paramaribo, Suriname by: Hebe Verrest

To improve innovation potential, there needs to be adequate investment in research and development (R&D), especially by the private sector but also in the public sector; the presence of high quality scientific research institutions; extensive collaboration in research between universities and industry; streamlining of product/process clusters, and the protection of intellectual property.

In the Caribbean, the economic and social development has been hampered by a weak framework for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy development. Despite the ratification of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) the Caribbean has not fully harmonized such frameworks into national policy and laws.

This ACP-ST project: Strengthen research development and uptake capacity in Urban, Land and Municipal Management in the Caribbean [NSUS Network for the application of STI to the urban sector], funded by the European Union intra the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries focuses on the application of Science and Technology to the urban sector. It has programmed a series of assessment and technical studies, some related to monitoring and evaluation. The findings from this study Monitoring and Evaluation Tools will be an input to the technical meeting to be held in The Netherlands, as well as to the resource base provided by the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management through its communication tool blueSpace (  It is one of four assessment studies commissioned from technical experts or done in-house at the partner institutions during the life of the project to be published after the workshops.

Research Grant Objectives

In this project, science is interpreted broadly as knowledge while technology is the use, adaptation, diffusion and implementation of knowledge. It extends beyond physical technologies to include laws, policy formulation; negotiation; implementation; procedures and other administrative mechanisms. This study intends to determine the form of intellectual contribution to urban planning and management and how the contribution is measured and valued by the various forms of research institutions and wider society. These contributions are to be assessed in light of their value in improving innovation and general competitiveness of Caribbean economies.


1. Review the impact of science and technology research directly related to urban and land management issues in the Caribbean
2. Examine challenges that are likely to be created with a science and technology agenda
3. Create of typology for research or research affiliated institutions in the Caribbean and in selected countries outside the region (e.g. classical studies, land grant universities, thematic research institutions etc.) and comment on how these institutions impact innovation and other factors which influence competitiveness of economies;
4. Create a typology on the tools/mechanisms by which intellectual contributions from knowledge workers impact innovation and other factors which influence competitiveness of economies;
5. Review of the means by which the quantity, quality and impact of research is traditionally measured (e.g. citation indices for peer reviewed journal articles, patents, industrial designs etc.) and comment on the perception of research or research affiliated institutions and wider society of the value of the various forms of intellectual contribution;
6. Develop a means of assessment and typology of intellectual contribution beyond the traditional systems (e.g. laws, policies, programmes, comments on white papers and green papers, technical committees, developmental projects,
administration etc.);
7. Produce a draft report for Technical Advisory Group Meeting in The Netherlands; and
8. Finalization of Technical Working Paper.

This project can be undertaken by one researcher or a consortium of researchers across institutions. Advanced degree in Urban Planning, Business Strategy or work in a related area is an asset. An understanding of the tertiary education sector and research to application and implementation processes will be an asset.

Period of Performance:
Six months in total but four months for the production of the Draft report. Estimated start time July11th 2011

Value of Grant
The value of the grant is 15,000 Euros and does not include the travel costs required to attend the policy meeting.

Application Procedure
Candidates are required to submit an electronic copy of a proposal which must include previous experience, workplan with timelines and resources required to:

Deadline for Receipt
June 1st 2011

Click here to download the NSUS Research Grant Outline.