Planting native trees in the Dominican Republic. Photo credit: Olivier LangrandPort of Spain, September 6th, 2021 –  Helping communities conserve biodiversity, build resilience to climate change and pursue sustainable development will be the focus of a new five-year, US$13.9 million grant-making and capacity-building program launched by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot.

Civil society organisations—including community-based groups, nongovernmental organisations, academia and the private sector—will be eligible for the grants. The countries targeted by the funding are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. The fund empowers civil society organisations to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots—the most biologically diverse yet threatened terrestrial ecosystems—and help communities thrive.

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Photo: Team members help to plant a native tree as part of a carbon offset program in partnership with Plan Vivo. Credit: Oliver Langrand.