Description of project:

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (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 John D. and Catherine T. 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. CANARI was the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the CEPF Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot from October 2010 to July 2016. The RIT’s role was to manage a US$6.9 million grant fund to support civil society’s contribution to biodiversity conservation in eleven Caribbean islands. Countries eligible for CEPF support in the region were: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

During this first phase of CEPF funding in the Caribbean islands, the RIT provided support to civil society organisations to design, implement and replicate successful conservation projects that were in line with CEPF’s strategy for the region as outlined in the CEPF Caribbean islands Ecosystem Profile. The RIT also managed the CEPF small grant mechanism, monitored and evaluated all 77 grants across eight islands and supported the CEPF Secretariat in portfolio level monitoring and evaluation.

Highlights:

  • The first phase of the CEPF Caribbean islands programme achieved concrete conservation results in eight countries. The Final Report on the Logframe outlines achievements of CEPF’s portfolio targets from 2010 – 2016.
  • The CEPF Caribbean islands programme supported 68 civil society organisations to implement 77 biodiversity conservation projects throughout the region. See a listing of the small and large projects including summary actions for each grant in EnglishFrench and Spanish. See the CEPF’s Project Database to download Final Project Completion Reports for all grants.

Key activities and results:

  • CANARI supported 68 civil society organisations at the local, national, regional and international level to implement 77 biodiversity conservation projects in eight islands in the Caribbean in its role as the Regional Implementation Team for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund in the Caribbean Islands.
  • CANARI issued seven calls for proposals and invited letters of inquiry (LOIs) for small grants (US$20,000 or less) or large grants (between US$20,000 – US$ 1 million) from non-governmental organisations, community groups, universities and other civil society organisations (more on applying for funding)
  • CANARI established a Regional Advisory Committee for CEPF (RACC) in the Caribbean to provide an independent technical review of proposals submitted in order to increase transparency and accountability in the review process. In addition, the RACC provides strategic input on priorities for investment and helps to identify areas for collaboration with other initiatives in the region (more on the RACC).
  • CANARI developed tips for preparing a CEPF letter of inquirywhich outline what the CEPF Secretariat, the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) and the Regional Advisory Committee for CEPF (RACC) look for when reviewing a CEPF letter of inquiry for both small and large grants. Review the tips for preparing a CEPF letter of inquiry in EnglishSpanish and French.
  • CANARI managed and administered the CEPF small grants(grants of US$20,000 or less) and monitored and evaluated both the small and large grants in the Caribbean. See a listing of the small and large projects including summary actions for each grant in EnglishFrench and Spanish. See the CEPF’s Project Database to download Final Project Completion Reports for all grants.
  • CANARI promoted CEPF as a funding mechanism, communicated and disseminatedinformation and results of projects supported by CEPF in the Caribbean through the quarterly e-newsletter Capacité, regular updates on Facebook and through direct email and conservation listservs.
  • CANARI facilitated a mid-term evaluation for the CEPF Caribbean programme during May – September 2013 (more on the CEPF Caribbean mid-term evaluation)
  • CANARI supported grantees in developing safeguard documents that adhere to the CEPF safeguard policies and procedures (more on the CEPF safeguards).

Publications

  • Effective support for Caribbean civil society for biodiversity conservation and rural development: Results and recommendations from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund 2010 – 2016 (CANARI Policy Brief 22) [En] [Es] [Fr]
  • Effective grant-making to Caribbean civil society: Lessons and innovation from CANARI’s experience as an intermediary organisation (CANARI Policy Brief 23) [En] [Es] [Fr]

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