The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is a non-profit organisation registered in Saint Lucia, St. Croix and Trinidad and Tobago, with its main office in Port of Spain, Trinidad. It has 501(c) (3) status in the United States and charitable status in Trinidad and Tobago .

CANARI’s geographic focus is the islands of the Caribbean but its research findings are often relevant and disseminated to the wider region.

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Small and micro enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean green economy factor in environmental and social costs and benefits in their economic models as part of the "triple bottom line approach"

See here for the 10 actions that SMEs can take to drive the green economy in the Caribbean.

CANARI and the FAO Caribbean office published a paper on Participatory forest management in the Caribbean in the latest issue ETFRN News, Towards productive landscapes.  This highlights how rural communities and other stakeholders negotiate consensus on how to sustainably use forest resources and minimize negative impacts on the forest from other activities in the landscape so that forest resources are conserved and well-being, economic and livelihood benefits are optimised.

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 kicks off in Sydney

Anna Cadiz, Senior Technical Officer, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)

13 November 2014

CANARI's Anna Cadiz is at the IUCN World Parks Congress, a landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years.  This gathering of key stakeholders from around the world sets the global agenda on protected area management for the following decade.  Early talks focus on the role of protected areas in a changing world and how the business sector can be better engaged.  See here for more.

Port of Spain.  November 13, 2014 - Over 19 fisherfolk leaders from 16 CARICOM countries, and representatives from the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CFRM),  Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies (UWI-CERMES),  and The Nature Conservancy (TNC)  participated in the Second Regional Workshop for the Caribbean Fisherfolk Action Learning Group, during  October 20-24, 2014, in The Bahamas. See here for media release.

The latest edition of the newsletter of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot is now available in English. In Capacité 10, we put the spotlight on some of the innovative tools, methods, and approaches being used by CEPF grantees in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. We also provide a brief report on the CANARI mentorship programme, which was supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and enhanced CANARI's role as the CEPF Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Caribbean. See here for Issue 10 of Capacité


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received funding from UK aid from the UK

Government through the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Phase 5 in the Caribbean dialogue on green economy draws on a background paper produced by CANARI and seeks to implement one component of the programme of work of the Caribbean GE ALG.   

The goal is to explore how the nurture Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs), including those operating in the informal or semi-formal sectors, to be an engine for green and inclusive economic transformation in the Caribbean using an action and research learning approach with GE ALG members and other key partners in the region.

The overal learning question is: "How can we catalyse, support and empower SMEs so that they bring co-benifits (economic, environmental sustainability, social equity) and address issues for the informal sector?" For more information, see here.   



The island of San Salvador in The Bahamas is where Christopher Columbus first made landfall in the New World in 1492. Today the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is working with a local NGO, the San Salvador Living Jewels, to expand the Bahamas National Park System to include five sites on the island, including two Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Key Biodiversity Areas - Grahams Harbour and Cays, and the Southern Great Lake. See here for more information and pictures.


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CANARI Policy Brief 19: Supporting Small and Micro Enterprises to be pathways to a Caribbean green economy

CANARI Policy Brief 17: Strengthening Institutional Arrangements in Trinidad and Tobago to Facilitate Climate Change Adaptation Policy Formulation and Execution

CANARI Technical Report 401: Case study on the use of participatory three dimensional modelling to facilitate effective contribution of civil society in the Caribbean islands in planning for action on climate change

CANARI continues to implement work under the 11 programme areas outlined in its Strategic Plan 2011-2016 in CANARI’s Annual Report 2012-2013.

CANARI. 2011, Strategic Plan 2011-2016 in English, French, Spanish, and Summary  Strategic plan in English, French, Spanish

CANARI 2011. Facilitating participatory natural resource management: A toolkit for Caribbean managers Laventille: CANARI (English, Spanish