Article by Caroline Fouvet, Associate Director, Physical Risk and Resilience, WTW and Dr. Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer, CANARI

August 23, 2023

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have a vital role to play in combatting climate change in vulnerable communities around the world, including Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS). Beyond their detailed knowledge of the national context and vulnerabilities, CSOs are aware of the locally relevant solutions that can increase their communities´ resilience and how to implement them.

Such organisations, however, generally have limited financial and human resources. To pursue their mission, support from international climate finance from large funds, such as the Adaptation Fund (AF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF), can be a game changer.

To this effect, since 2021 Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and WTW joined forces to help Caribbean-based CSOs in seven countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Suriname) more effectively access climate finance for adaptation and mitigation actions on the ground. This work was managed by CANARI under a broader GCF readiness project, “Enhancing Caribbean Civil Society’s Access and Readiness for Climate Finance”.

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Photo: Civil society participants at capacity building workshop on climate finance in Kingston, Jamaica in March 2023 ©CANARI