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.
We expect to launch the award of grants later this year, beginning with the appointment of a regional implementation team.
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
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.