CEPF's initial investment in the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot is guided by the following strategic directions as outlined in the ecosystem profile.

  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.

Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in of our ecosystem profile (PDF - 1.63 MB), also available in French (PDF - 2.6 MB) and Spanish (PDF - 2.6 MB).