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.

News Archive

CANARI recently facilitated a meeting of 23 leading civil society organisations to identify priorities for sustainable development in Trinidad and Tobago as input for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) being held in Samoa in September 2014. See the full report here.

Port of Spain, July 25, 2014 - Twenty-three leading civil society organisations (CSOs) have identified priorities for sustainable development in Trinidad and Tobago and roles they can play in addressing these. Priorities focus on improving health and education services, women's empowerment, more equitable and green economic development, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and conserving biodiversity and natural resources. See here for media release.

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), in its role as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Caribbean islands Biodiversity Hotspot has released Issue 9 of the CEPF Caribbean quarterly newsletter, Capacité. See here for Issue 9 of Capacité, and check out the French and Spanish supplements.

Port of Spain, July 01, 2104 – A new publication “Green economies in the Caribbean: perspectives, priorities and an action learning agenda” has just been released that highlights work by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) on green economy in the Caribbean. See here for media release.  

Port of Spain, June 23, 2014 – The Caribbean is strongly affected by international policies and actions, but Caribbean positions are often overlooked in global decision-making processes.  CARICOM sustainable development experts are emphasising that the new international development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) needs to reflect Caribbean priorities in order to be relevant, useful and applicable in countries in the region. See here for media release.

Port of Spain. June 16, 2014 ‐ The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) wholeheartedly congratulates Mr. Yves‐André Wainwright, a Director/ Elected Partner on CANARI's Board, on receiving the Schiller Nicolas award in Haiti. See here for media release.

In 2012, CANARI received a grant, of US$60,000 from Royal Bank of Canada under its RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant to undertake a project to improve the community-based management of watersheds in Trinidad and Tobago.

This project seeks to build the capacity of community groups involved in watershed management to share lessons learnt and best practices in watershed management among each other and to enhance the groups' skills in communicating how their work contributes to clean, safe drinking water.  This video captures the evaluation by project participants.

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) recently held a series of webinars to refine sustainable development priorities for the Caribbean and provide technical input to contribute to a Caribbean position in the development of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for the Third International Conference of SIDS being held in Samoa in September 2014. The reports highlight Caribbean priorities for: conservation and sustainable use of marine resources oceans and seas; climate change and disaster risk reduction; and economic development.


      The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute

      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 Green Economy Action Learning Group Discussion Papers:


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 2013 Policy Brief No. 15. Using traditional knowledge for decision-making on climate change in the Caribbean (English, Spanish, French)

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