Forests provide Caribbean islands with critical ecological goods and services. Many rural communities are highly dependent on forest resources for their livelihoods including ecotourism services, production of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) and artisanal production of timber. It is recognised that the region’s forest resources are being impacted by climate change, however it is also understood that forest resources management is an essential component of climate adaptation and climate resilience strategies. There is, therefore, growing national, regional and international commitment to building the climate resilience of small island natural resources and livelihoods through, among other aspects, forest management initiatives.

Project Goal

To build the climate resilience of the Caribbean sub-region’s forest resources and associated rural livelihoods through the development of a FAO sub-regional strategy, with identified priorities for scaling up of initiatives and proposals to mobilise resources, and enhance readiness of sub-regional and national stakeholders.


Project components 

  1. Mapping and assessment of initiatives, programmes or public policies in the sub-region to determine suitability and priority for scaling up.
  2. Mapping and assessment of available funding streams for prioritised initiatives.
  3. Development of the FAO sub-regional scaling up and resource mobilisation strategy for the climate resilience of Caribbean forest resources and associated rural livelihoods (Caribbean Strategy for Climate Resilient Forests and Rural Livelihoods)
  4. Capacity building to enhance national and sub-regional enabling conditions for prioritised funded initiatives.
  5. Development of a FAO concept note for funding, based on prioritised initiatives.

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The “Caribbean Strategy for Climate Resilient Forests and Rural Livelihoods” can be downloaded here