Forests, Livelihood 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 forests, building effective institutions and facilitating collaboration among key stakeholders.
Our main areas of work are:
  1. Developing and Influencing national and regional policy and strategy for participatory forest governance and sustainable use of forest resources.
  2. Conducting research to build effective, collaborative forest governance institutions and facilitate sustainable use of forest resources.
  3. Enhancing capacity for effective, participatory forest governance in the Caribbean, at regional, national and local levels
  4. Building the resilience of Caribbean forests, forest users and forest- based enterprises

Past Projects

Capacity building for Ecosystem Valuation in Antigua and Barbuda (2021-2022)

Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management Framework and Strategic Action Plans

Enhancing Environmental Management Legal and Policy Frameworks in Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts And Nevis And Montserrat (2017-2018)

Development of the five-year CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy for the implementation of the Biodiversity Cluster of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) (2018-2022)

Creating a road map for the participatory development of protected area management plans in Trinidad and Tobago (2017)

Building Climate-Resilient Rural Enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago (2016)

Participatory three-dimensional modelling of watersheds for the project “Adaptation of Rural Economies and Natural Resources to Climate Change” (2015)

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)

Support to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of forest-based community businesses in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (2014 – 2015)

Capacity building for watershed management stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago (2012 – 2014)

Field testing an approach to support forest-based community businesses in the Caribbean (2013-2014)

Participatory evaluation of the Integrated Forest Management Development Programme (IFMDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (2010)

Sustainable forest management planning: Piloting community-based management planning for the sustainable use of forest resources in Trinidad and Tobago (2011-2012)

Regional knowledge sharing initiative on improved governance and influencing policy for community forestry and sustainable forest-based livelihoods (2012)

Building capacity for participatory forest management for good governance in the Caribbean region(2010-2011)

Case studies in community forestry initiatives in the Caribbean (2011)

Practices and policies that improve forest management and the livelihoods of the rural poor and the insular Caribbean (2007-2010)

Participatory Forest Management: Improving Policy And Institutional Capacity for Development (2006-2010)

Who pays for water (2004-2006)


CANARI Programme Manager

Natalie Boodram, Senior Technical Officer, [email protected]

CANARI Programme Advisor(s)

Howard Nelson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester, England

Marilyn Headley, CEO and Conservator of Forests, Forestry Department, Jamaica