Description of project

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) played a significant role in the development of the draft Caribbean Biodiversity Strategy (CBS) in 2018. In 2019 the OECS Member States and the OECS Commission are furthering this work by developing the OECS Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management Framework and Strategic Action Plans (OECS-BEF) for implementation of OECS-specific priority areas of the CBS.

The OECS-BEF will focus on actions to manage critical biodiversity and ecosystems issues especially in light of the growing need for climate adaptation in the OECS islands. The Framework will also assist OECS Member States in meeting obligations under multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the SAMOA Pathway. It also advances the goals of OECS environmental policies and strategies such as the St. George’s Declaration of Principles on Environmental Sustainability and the Growth and Development Strategy.

As such, the Caribbean Natural Resource Institute (CANARI) is engaged in this technical assistance project to develop the OECS Biodiversity and Ecosystems Framework and Strategic Action Plans. The project commenced in May 2019 and is expected to be completed by December 2019. More information on the project can be found here.




We want to hear from you!

CANARI is inviting OECS stakeholders to review the draft OECS Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management Framework (OECS-BEF)

Stakeholders are invited to review and provide feedback on the draft Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management Framework (OECS-BEF). This draft of the OECS-BEF was developed based on a desk study and guidance from the OECS Commission- the OECS Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management Committee (OECS-BEMC). Input was also provided by stakeholders from across the region, who shared information and perspectives through a survey earlier this year. The OECS-BEF document can be downloaded here.

Feedback can be sent in by returning the framework document with comments included to CANARI Technical Officer Neema Ramlogan at [email protected]. Comments can also be sent to Ms. Ramlogan as a separate Microsoft Word document or within the body of your email. Please provide your contact information in the email including name, organisation, email address and telephone number for any follow-up or clarifications needed.

For more background information on the framework and the project you can download the draft OECS- BEF Gap Analysis Report here or download the project brief here.

Thank you in advance for your contribution! We welcome all feedback by December 11th, 2019.




For more information on the project, contact Dr Natalie Boodram, Senior Technical Officer, at [email protected].

Photo caption: The tree Bursera simaruba, also known as Gumbo Limbo is commonly found in the dry forests of Grenada. Credit Natalie Boodram.