Description of the project:

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is developing a five-year CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy (CBS) for 2018-2022.  This is an activity under the Caribbean Hub sub-component of Phase II of the Programme for Capacity-Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.  Funding is provided by the European Union (EU) with the overall objective of supporting CARICOM countries in their implementation of the biodiversity cluster of MEAs, in particular the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The CBS is the framework for regional level assistance to CARICOM Member States (MS) in their implementation of the CBD Global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020).  The CBS will identify the Global Strategic Plan activities which can be more efficiently executed by CARICOM MS working together with the CARICOM Secretariat and other regional and international agencies.  For example, it will identify areas where regional agencies can provide technical assistance not present in-country or where it may be most efficient to channel this support through a regional multi-country initiative rather than a piecemeal country by country approach.  In this way, the CBS can build on past work, establish synergies, maximise financial and human resources and avoid duplication of effort.

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is providing technical assistance to the CARICOM Secretariat, by leading the development of the CBS.  Overall, this is a key regional opportunity for civil society and other stakeholders to directly develop natural resources policy, and participate in decision making and governance processes. See here for more information.

 

Key activities and results
The development of the CBS is divided into the following phases:

Phase 1: Drafting of Synthesis Report (September – October-2017).

The synthesis report reviews and summarises existing national, regional and international biodiversity-related strategies, action plans, and programmes to inform stakeholder discussions and prioritisation.

Phase 2:  Participatory workshop and wider stakeholder consultations (November 2017-March 2018).
The CBS strategy development is a strongly participatory process to ensure valuable stakeholder input into content of the strategy and to build ownership for implementation.  The primary forum for stakeholder input will be a regional participatory workshop in early March 2018.  This workshop will host a wide range of stakeholders including: government representatives of CARICOM MS, regional organisations, academia, private sector, donors, and key international, regional and national CSOs.

Apart from the participatory workshop, other online and in-person stakeholder consultations will be executed to facilitate broader stakeholder input into development of the CBS.

Phase 3: Drafting and finalisation of the CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy (March 2018-May 2018)
Once feedback from the various fora is obtained, drafting of the strategy will commence.  Drafts will be shared for stakeholder review and input before finalisation.  The finalised five-year (2018 to 2022) CBS will present a long-term vision for biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean region.

 

For more information contact Dr. Natalie Boodram, Senior Technical Officer, at natalie@canari.org.