After a successful first investment in the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot between 2011 and 2016, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has returned to the region for a second phase of investment from August 2021 – July 2026. CANARI is once again the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the CEPF Caribbean investment, which totals US$11.8 million.

The goal of the CEPF is to conserve biodiversity. Its approach is to build local conservation leadership and nurture sustainable development by developing locally-driven conservation strategies and providing grants to civil society to implement those strategies. In the Caribbean, the CEPF aims to strengthen the protection and management of globally important biodiversity within 32 priority Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and seven conservation corridors in Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Jamaica; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

As the RIT, CANARI will provide strategic leadership and local knowledge to build a broad constituency of CSOs working across institutional and political boundaries to achieve the conservation goals described in the Ecosystem Profile, the blueprint for the CEPF investment in the region (see Related publications).

The CEPF Phase II investment targets civil society organisations that work in and around the 32 target KBAs and seven conservation corridors. Grant-making, though small and large grant facilities, will be supported by a robust capacity building programme that will include training, direct one-on-one support to organisations, and mentoring.

A complementary component will use collaborative social accountability methodologies and tools to facilitate multi-actor, multi-sectoral partnerships for conservation to co-create analyses of conservation problems and develop joint solutions. A Collaborative Social Accountability Team (CSAT), hosted at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) in the Dominican Republic, in collaboration with Integrated Health Outreach (IHO) in Antigua and Barbuda, will lead this component in the Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Saint Lucia. CANARI will learn from the experience of INTEC and IHO to lead this component in The Bahamas, Haiti and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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 and the World Bank. The CEPF Phase II investment in the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot is financed through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund – Caribbean Hotspot Project of the World Bank, using funds provided by the Government of Japan.

See here for the project summary.

Highlights: Coming soon

Key activities and results:

Project activities will centre on grant-making through two facilities (large and small) that support the strategic direction and investment priorities of the Ecosystem Profile (see Related publications). Calls for proposals will begin in late 2021 and will be publicised widely, including on the CANARI and CEPF websites. CANARI will develop a capacity-building strategy at the start of the project and use this to guide its actions over the period. The experience of grantees and lessons learned in the implementation of biodiversity conservation actions, capacity development, and the application of collaborative social accountability methodologies will be captured and shared through a range of knowledge products over the life of the project.

CANARI  will implement the project through eight interlinked components:

  1. Coordinate the CEPF investment in the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot
  2. Support the integration of biodiversity into public policies and private sector business practices
  3. Communicate the CEPF investment throughout the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot
  4. Build the capacity of civil society in the Caribbean
  5. Support the CEPF Secretariat process for solicitation and review of proposals for large grants (above a threshold of $50,000)
  6. Manage a program of small grants (up to $50,000)
  7. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the portfolio of large and small grants
  8. Support the CEPF Secretariat to monitor the large grants portfolio and ensure compliance with CEPF funding terms.

Publications: Coming soon

Recent news and blogs: 

Grantee resources:

     Ecosystem Profile

     Ecosystem Profile Summary

     CEPF II in the Caribbean Islands (brochure)

     Training Material    

  • CEPF Registration Process for large grants on ConservationGrants Video
  • CEPF Small Grants Application Process Training Video
  • CEPF Small Grants Application Process Training PowerPoint (downloadable)
  • CEPF Small Grants Application Process Training PDF
  • Webinar for prospective applicants in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic

     Other resources


For more information, please contact Nicole Brown at [email protected]


See related work under CANARI’s Civil Society and Governance programme