The Global Environmental Facility Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (GEF-IWEco) project is a five-year multi-focal area regional project that aims to “contribute to the preservation of Caribbean ecosystems that are of global significance and the sustainability of livelihoods through the application of existing proven technologies and approaches that are appropriate for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through improved fresh and coastal water resources management, sustainable land management and sustainable forest management that also seek to enhance resilience of socio-ecological systems to the impacts of climate change“. The project countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is one of the partners collaborating on the GEF-IWEco Initiative and has to date supported the initiative through various stakeholder engagement activities including capacity building. CANARI is now partnering on a two-year project to strengthen and support stewardship and sustainable and climate-resilient livelihoods in the targeted IWEco countries to in turn facilitate healthy and resilient ecosystems. This will be achieved through the implementation of four inter-linked intervention areas as follows:

  • Intervention Area 1- Enhancing ecosystem stewardship to support sustainable livelihoods of surrounding communities,
  • Intervention Area 2- Strengthening community enterprises to ensure sustainable use and enhance socio-economic benefits to surrounding communities,
  • Intervention Area 3- Building resilience of livelihoods to climate change,
  • Intervention Area 4: Knowledge sharing for sustainable nature-based livelihoods.

These four intervention areas will effectively combine empowerment, knowledge sharing, capacity development and practical actions to enhance the long-term health, sustainability and adaptive capacity of ecosystems and associated nature-based livelihoods.

For a more detailed look at the CANARI-led project, please click here

For more information on the GEF-IWEco Project click here

You can contact the Project Manager, Dr. Natalie Boodram, at [email protected] for more information.