Location: Regional; with particular focus on the target Critical Ecosystem
Partnership Fund (CEPF) countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica,
Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
Funded by: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Amount: USD 475,000
To strengthen the capacity of CSOs in the islands of the Caribbean to play a larger and more effective role in biodiversity conservation.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) have a critical role to play and have already done important work in the development and implementation of conservation strategies and in increasing public awareness of the implications of loss of biodiversity. However, they are currently not effectively and equitably contributing to biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean islands in several key areas:
Research by CANARI indicates that the fundamental barriers to equitable civil society participation in biodiversity conservation relate to both the wider institutional framework for governance and the internal capacity of CSOs. A particular challenge is that many CSOs in the Caribbean do not have the capacity to be able to access the grants available to them nor to successfully design and implement the projects. Most grant programmes are designed with complex application and reporting procedures and restrictive criteria, yet do not provide support with the application process or project management and reporting.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) will invest US$6.9 million in supporting CSOs involved in biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean and has selected CANARI to act as the Regional Implementing Team (RIT). This project will support the CEPF investment by:
The project will enhance the ability of CSOs to access the CEPF and other relevant grants by building capacity in core areas such as effective development of projects, writing proposals, managing projects, project monitoring and evaluation, and effective communication with diverse target audiences as well as their overall organisational development (including strategic planning and management, financial management and fundraising, and human resource management). The project will target organisations applying to and implementing projects under the CEPF, especially in the highest priority key biodiversity areas identified under the CEPF Ecosystem Profile.
The project will build on work done and lessons learnt by CANARI under other projects, including several funded by the MacArthur Foundation, to contribute to the following objectives:
1. Participatory development of CANARI’s Strategic Plan 2011-2016
2. Development and application of tools for monitoring and evaluation (M+E)
3. Feasibility study and plan for developing a digital library on development and participatory natural resource management relevant to Caribbean islands
4. Developing a pool of mentors throughout the region:
5. Networking among CSOs and with their partners:
6. Training workshops for CSOs and their partners.
7. Participatory research on how to build the internal capacity of CSOs and the type(s) of institutional framework that most effectively facilitate their participation in biodiversity conservation
8. Documentation and communication
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For more information, contact:Nicole Leotaud – [email protected]