This project, which was implemented between 2001 and 2006, was funded under the European Commission’s NGO co-financing budget line (B7-6000). It was implemented by CANARI, with support from the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos) based in the Netherlands.

The project was designed to respond to two converging challenges facing the Caribbean: the challenge to develop and implement new modes of governance, which enhance community participation and collective action; and the challenge to manage natural resources for sustainable use to meet human needs. These converge because people’s participation and the collaboration of institutions can improve natural resource management, which in turn provides the foundation for the strengthening of communities and the creation of partnerships.

The project sought to provide information, technical advice and material support to develop institutions for participatory natural resource management and to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaboration between state and non-state actors in achieving development objectives.

The project’s purpose was to reinforce the civil society contribution to the equitable and sustainable use of natural resources in selected countries of the insular Caribbean and to:

  • improve the understanding (among civil society actors, resource management agencies and policy makers) of the institutional requirements for effective civil society participation in natural resource governance;
  • strengthen the technical and financial capacity of selected civil society organisations involved in natural resource governance; and
  • improve the access and supply of information sources for Caribbean governments and civil society organisations involved in natural resource governance.

The following are the main outputs of the project:

Technical reports

Policy briefs

Workshop reports

Small grants programme

Other reports