Building civil society capacity for conservation in the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories
is a three-year (2009-2011) research and capacity building project, coordinated by the Commonwealth Foundation and implemented regionally by CANARI, under funding from the Darwin Initiative. The project is rooted in the growing worldwide awareness of the value and fragility of the biodiversity in the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union and the role that civil society can play in conserving this. This project focuses on building the capacity of ten selected civil society organisations in the five Caribbean United Kingdom Overseas Territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks & Caicos Islands) to support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in their respective Territories as well as to strengthen overall civil society participation in biodiversity conservation in Caribbean UKOTs through the catalytic role these civil society organisations will play as facilitators, mobilisers and change agents.

The project has three complementary objectives, collectively designed to enhance civil society participation in biodiversity conservation and the implementation of obligations under the CBD in the Caribbean UKOTs:

  • to identify the key enabling factors, at both the institutional and organisational level, for effective civil society participation in biodiversity;.
  • to build the capacity of the five National Trusts and five other national-level CSOs, and indirectly all other civil society stakeholders, in the Caribbean UKOTs to effectively participate in biodiversity conservation; and
  • to build a regional network of civil society stakeholders engaged in biodiversity conservation.

The project is described in more detail in the concept note.  The main components of the project are:

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