CEPF
Protecting Nature's Hotspots for people and prosperity

Conclusion

 
Caribbean Islands

Conclusion

The development of this comprehensive ecosystem profile and the CEPF investment strategy was made possible by extensive consultation with stakeholders. National/regional coordinators were engaged to gather information from their respective areas, and a series of workshops with stakeholders further enriched this process. The authors believe that this work represents a fair consensus and that Caribbean partners will enthusiastically endorse it and carry out its provisions.

The Caribbean Islands Hotspot is one of the world’s greatest centers of biodiversity and endemism, an archipelago of habitat-rich tropical and semi-tropical islands, yet its biodiversity and the natural services its provides are highly threatened. This astonishing biodiversity is threatened by invasive species, uncontrolled development of tourism, mining, and other activities, and severe weather exacerbated by climate change. Although the islands have protected areas systems, most are inadequately managed and some important areas lack protection. A total of six conservation corridors and 45 key biodiversity areas were defined as targets for CEPF investment. CEPF has identified four strategic directions to guide investment in this hotspot. Adherence in this strategy will ensure that CEPF funds are invested in the most appropriate and effective manner and will generate significant conservation results that will not only complement the actions of other stakeholders in the Caribbean but also enable a significant expansion of strategic conservation effort for the benefit of all.
 
 
 
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