Description of the project:
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) developed a five-year CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy (CBS) for 2018-2022. This was an activity under the Caribbean Hub sub-component of Phase II of the Programme for Capacity-Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Funding was provided by the European Union (EU) with the overall objective of supporting CARICOM countries in their implementation of the biodiversity cluster of MEAs, in particular the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The CBS was the framework for regional level assistance to CARICOM Member States (MS) in their implementation of the CBD Global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020). The CBS identified the Global Strategic Plan activities which could be more efficiently executed by CARICOM MS working together with the CARICOM Secretariat and other regional and international agencies. For example, it identified areas where regional agencies could provide technical assistance not present in-country or where it might be most efficient to channel this support through a regional multi-country initiative, rather than a piecemeal country by country approach. In this way, the CBS built on past work, established synergies, maximised financial and human resources and avoided duplication of effort.
The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) provided technical assistance to the CARICOM Secretariat by leading the development of the CBS. Overall, this was a key regional opportunity for civil society and other stakeholders to directly develop natural resources policy, and participate in decision making and governance processes. See here for more information.
For more information, contact Dr. Natalie Boodram, Senior Technical Officer, at [email protected].