Description of project:
CANARI is leading a year-long process to develop the framework for a new investment in the Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). Following a successful initial five-year investment that ended in July 2016, the CEPF has decided to provide further support to CSOs in the region to build on gains made. CANARI is collaborating with a team comprising BirdLife International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) on a consultative process that will define the parameters of the new CEPF investment in the Caribbean. Through a series of national and regional meetings, biodiversity conservation stakeholders across the Caribbean Islands hotspot will have an opportunity to shape the updated CEPF ecosystem profile and investment framework for the region. The new CEPF funding phase, which is expected to begin in 2018, will expand the scope of the first programme to include coastal and marine ecosystems. See here for the project summary in English, and here in French.
CANARI was the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the CEPF programme to support civil society’s contribution to biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot from October 2010 to July 2016. Under this investment, a US$6.9 million grant fund provided support for activities in eight countries and at the regional level in the Caribbean. Seventy-seven grants were awarded to 68 civil society organisations. Seventy-eight per cent of the funds committed went to local and regional Caribbean CSOs. See here for more information on the first phase of CEPF funding in the Caribbean islands.
The CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. The goal of the CEPF is to support the work of civil society in developing and implementing conservation strategies, as well as in raising public awareness on the implications of loss of biodiversity. The following Caribbean countries are eligible for CEPF investment: Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Haiti; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. See here for Frequently Asked Questions in English and here for Spanish.
The CEPF ecosystem reprofiling has resulted in the identification of 324 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot, 167 of which are in CEPF-eligible countries. The reprofiling exercise concluded that biodiversity of the Caribbean Islands Hotspot continues to be at serious risk of species extinctions. Of the taxa reviewed for the preparation of the ecosystem profile, 992 species are assessed as globally threatened. Of the 992 globally threatened species in the Caribbean Islands Hotspot, 575 species occur in countries eligible to receive CEPF funding.
The next phase of CEPF investment will target 33 sites. These priority sites cover 1.2 million hectares in eight countries; 91 percent of their land area is partially or completely protected. Collectively, they represent those sites with the highest biological values that are under the most threat, with the most urgent need for improved management, and where is it possible to work without major impediments.
The new CEPF investment will seek to mainstream conservation values into the policy and legal frameworks of hotspot countries; improve governance arrangements; expand financing opportunities, particularly from local sources; and build a constituency for nature, conservation and ecosystem services. In a departure from the initial phase, the investment strategy includes a specific strategic direction for species conservation.
The final ecosystem profile and technical summary are available for download here:
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For further information, please contact: Nicole Brown at CANARI at [email protected] or call: 1-876-818-4285 or 1-868-626-6062.