Coastal and Marine Livelihoods and Governance

About The Programme

Our goal is to improve livelihoods and contribute to poverty reduction by promoting and facilitating sustainable use and governance of coastal and marine resources, building effective institutions and facilitating collaboration among key stakeholders.
Our main areas of work include:
  • Strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations to engage in participatory governance and management of the coastal and marine environment
  • Building the capacity of coastal and marine management authorities in participatory approaches essential in the Ecosystem-based Management
  • Facilitating participatory development of national and regional policies and plans for coastal and marine resources governance that address sustainable livelihoods and well-being for coastal communities
  • Developing and strengthening sustainable community enterprises and building their capacity to adopt environmentally friendly practices that will enhance livelihoods and conserve coastal and marine resources
  • Researching, documenting and sharing results, lessons and recommendations to support policy and practice for improved coastal and marine governance and management

Past Projects

Improving Fisheries Governance and Management in the Eastern Caribbean to Benefit from the Blue Economy (2020-2021)

StewardFish – Developing Organisational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-Scale Fisheries (StewardFish) project (2019-2021)

Powering Innovations in Civil Society and Enterprises for Sustainability in the Caribbean (PISCES) (2017 – 2021)

What the BBNJ Agreement means to the people of the Caribbean

Engaging Civil Society In CLME+ Strategic Action Programme Implementation (2017 – 2020) (C-SAP)

Climate Change Adaptation in the Fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat (2017 – 2020)

Development of a State of the Marine Habitat Report and Regional Strategy and Action Plan for the valuation, protection and restoration of key marine habitats in the CLME+ (Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem) region  (2018-2019)

National Diagnostic of the Functionality of fisherfolk organisations in Trinidad and Tobago (2019)

Enhancing Stakeholder Participation in Management of the Flyingfish Fishery (2017 – 2019)

Regional Implementation of Climate Change Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (VCAs) in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (2017-2018)

Strengthening Caribbean fisherfolk to participate in governance (2013 – 2016)

Research on social protection to foster sustainable management of natural resources and reduce poverty in fisheries and forestry dependent communities in two Caribbean countries (2015)

Participatory video: An advocacy tool to help the Blanchisseuse fishing community to communicate their challenges and develop partnerships to solve them (2011)


CANARI Programme Manager

Nicole Leotaud, Executive Director, [email protected]

CANARI Programme Advisor(s)

Patrick McConney, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES)