Description of the project:

CANARI was contracted by the OECS Commission to execute this work under the European Union (EU) funded OECS Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project on Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management in the Eastern Caribbean (the iLAND Resilience programme).  The project to strengthen institutional frameworks was co-funded through the Powering Innovations in Civil Society and Enterprises for Sustainability in the Caribbean (PISCES) project, which was supported by a grant to CANARI from the European Union.

The OECS iLAND Resilience project represented an important opportunity to not only lend the in-house CANARI environmental, climate and forestry expertise to national policy formulation, but it also afforded the Institute the opportunity to ensure civil society fully engaged in and effectively contributed to national policy development.

Through this project, CANARI provided technical assistance for the development of institutional frameworks for improved environmental management in four Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Member States – Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia.  The targeted policies and legislation addressed environmental management, climate resilience and forest management. See here for the project summary.

Key activities and results

Key project outputs for each OECS Member State were as follows:


  • National Forest Policy and Strategic Plan
  • Revised Protected Area, Forest and Wildlife Act and supporting Regulations


  • Regulations in support of the Conservation and Environmental Management Act 2014
  • Action Plan and implementation budget in support of the Conservation and Environmental Management Act 2014 in Montserrat

 Saint Lucia 

  • Revised Environmental Management Bill 2014
  • Climate Change Bill

 St. Kitts and Nevis 

  • National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [download for review here]

The project achieved these high-level outputs through the following specific activities:

  • Technical review and preparation of Issues Papers
  • Targeted interviews and workshops in-country to enable stakeholder review and input to drafting of legislation, strategies, policies, action plans and indicative budgets
  • Preparation of draft and finalised legislative frameworks, strategies, policies, action plans and indicative budgets
  • Technical support for Cabinet presentations on deliverables

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

See related work under our Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Forest, Livelihoods and Governance programmes.