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Caribbean Islands

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Overview
Hummingbird in Dominica

CEPF i​s active in this region.

The biologically and culturally diverse Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot is a complex region composed of 12 independent nations and several British, Dutch, French and U.S. overseas territories. As a result of its geography and climate, it is one of the world's greatest centers of unique biodiversity.

This archipelago sustains an exceptional array of ecosystems ranging from montane cloud forests to cactus scrublands, and hosts dozens of highly threatened species, including two species of solenodon (giant shrews) and the Cuban crocodile.

The combination of a high population growth rate and high population densities, massive seasonal influxes, increasing urbanization of the population, monetary inequity and poverty, and the increasing cost of major import goods has led to unsustainable demand for land and natural resources to the detriment of the hotspot’s biodiversity and ecosystems.

Our support will focus on six biodiversity conservation corridors and the highest priority sites for conservation; many of which are coastal and dependent on the health and resilience of the adjacent marine environment.  

With the majority of Caribbean people living close to the shoreline, coastal ecosystems, including mangroves, beaches, lagoons and cays, are essential not only for biodiversity, but for buffering coastal communities from the effects of storms, providing a basis for recreational and tourism industries, as well as nursery habitat for commercial species. ​​​​​​​​​

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Strategy
Mangrove in Caribbean Islands Hotspot

Guided by a CEPF ecosystem profile developed with stakeholders, our five-year investment strategy in the Caribbean focuses on 45 key biodiversity areas and six biodiversity conservation corridors identified for housing the highest priorities for conservation in the region.

The key biodiversity areas and conservation corridors are located in the following countries currently eligible to receive CEPF funds: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In addition, the Bahamas and Barbados will be priorities for CEPF investment because of their eligibility to receive GEF funds specifically.

Biological importance, threat, ecosystem services value and the impact that civil society could have in the region are the deciding factors that identify sites as high priority areas for CEPF support.

Composing the $6.5 million investment strategy for the hotspot are five strategic directions. Each project must link to one of these strategic directions in order to be approved for funding:

1.    Improve protection and management of 45 priority key biodiversity areas.
2.    Integrate biodiversity conservation into landscape and development planning and
       implementation in six conservation corridors.
3.   Support Caribbean civil society to achieve biodiversity conservation by building local
      and regional institutional capacity and by fostering stakeholder collaboration.
4.   Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment through a
      regional implementation team
5.   Provide emergency support to Haitian civil society to mitigate the impacts of the 2010
      earthquake

The fourth strategic direction is designed for the regional implementation team to provide leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment. 

This portfolio also includes special emergency support to Haitian civil society to mitigate the impacts of the 2010 earthquake. This support was approved separately by the Donor Council in March 2010 and has been incorporated as a fifth strategic direction.

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Priorities

CEPF Strategic Directions

CEPF Investment Priorities

1. Improve protection and management of 45 priority key biodiversity areas 1.1 Prepare and implement management plans in the 17 highest-priority key biodiversity areas
1.2 Strengthen the legal protection status in the remaining 28 key biodiversity areas
1.3 Improve management of invasive species in the 45 priority key biodiversity areas
1.4 Support the establishment or strengthening of sustainable financing mechanisms
2. Integrate biodiversity conservation into landscape and development planning and implementation in six conservation corridors 2.1 Mainstream biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service values into development policies, projects and plans, with a focus on addressing major threats such as unsustainable tourism development, mining, agriculture and climate change
2.2 Strengthen public and private protected areas systems through improving or introducing innovative legal instruments for conservation
2.3 Prepare and support participatory local and corridor-scale land-use plans to guide future development and conservation efforts
2.4 Promote nature-based tourism and sustainable agriculture and fisheries to enhance connectivity and ecosystem resilience and promote sustainable livelihoods
3. Support Caribbean civil society to achieve biodiversity conservation by building local and regional institutional capacity and by fostering stakeholder collaboration 3.1 Support efforts to build and strengthen the institutional capacity of civil society organizations to undertake conservation initiatives and actions
3.2 Enable local and regional networking, learning and best-practice sharing approaches to strengthen stakeholder involvement in biodiversity conservation
4. Provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of CEPF investment through a regional implementation team 4.1 Build a broad constituency of civil society groups working across institutional and political boundaries toward achieving the shared conservation goals described in the ecosystem profile
5. Provide emergency support to Haitian civil society to mitigate the impacts of the 2010 earthquake 5.1 Support conservation of priority key biodiversity areas and ensure the integration of conservation priorities into reconstruction planning

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Maps
Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot 

 

 


Maps of CEPF Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors for Investment

Dominican Republic


Dominican Republic: Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors for CEPF Investment

Haiti

Haiti: Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors for CEPF Investment

Jamaica

Jamaica: Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors for CEPF Investment

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors for CEPF Investment

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda: Key Biodiversity Areas for CEPF Investment

Bahamas

Bahamas: Key Biodiversity Areas for CEPF Investment

Barbados

Barbados: Key Biodiversity Areas for CEPF Investment

Grenada

Grenada: Key Biodiversity Areas for CEPF Investment

St. Lucia

St. Lucia: Key Biodiversity Areas for CEPF Investment

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Documents

Core Documents

Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Annual Portfolio Review
    January 2010 to December 2011
    English (PDF - 400 KB)

  • Project Final Reports
    Reports compiled by project leaders detailing final results and lessons learned
    View reports

  • Summary Report for the Mid-Term Evaluation, CANARI
    January 2014
    English (PDF - 260 KB)

Newsletters

Capacité, ​Caribbean Natural Resources Institute

Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine

IRIDOS, Botanical Research Institute of Texas
  • 2012, Vol. 23, No. 2
    English (PDF - 8.2 MB)

The Jetter, Jamaica Environment Trust

  • Volume 1, Number 6, August 2013
    English​ (PDF - 4.3 MB)

Trust Notes, Bahamas National Trust

  • Issue 9 No. 3, July 2013
    English (PDF - 897 KB)

Other Publications

  • "Experiencias en la Gestión de los Servicios Ecosistémicos en Centroamérica y el Caribe," CAD/INTEC/Medio Environment
    2014
    Spanish​ (PDF - 1.36 MB) 

  • "Facilitating participatory natural resource management: A toolkit for Caribbean managers," CANARI
    English​ (PDF - 878 KB)

  • "Estudio de biodiversidad en el Monumento Manuel Domingo Fuerte," a biodiversity study, IDDI and Hispaniola Ornithological Society (SOH)
    Spanish (PDF - 4.5 MB)

  • Communicating for Conservation: a communication toolkit for Caribbean civil society organisations working in biodiversity conservation, ​Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, August 2012
    En​glish​ (PDF - 2.7 MB)
Fast Facts

Status: Active

Initial investment:
  • $6.9 million
  • 2010-2015​

Recent Newsletters
Regional Resources
Ecosystem Profile, January 2010
English (PDF - 1.63 MB) / French (PDF - 2.6 MB) / Spanish (PDF - 2.6 MB)



Ecosystem Profile Summary: English (PDF - 3.8 MB) / French (PDF - 3.9 MB) / Spanish (PDF - 4 MB)

Website: CANARI, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute