CANARI facilitates and promotes participatory approaches to natural resource governance to conserve biodiversity, enhance ecosystem goods and services, and enhance the livelihoods and wellbeing of the poor in the Caribbean.

We place strong emphasis on multidisciplinary research, capacity building, partnerships, communication and advocacy to build awareness and influence policy. We work directly with the full range of stakeholders who have rights to, interests in, or formal or informal responsibilities for natural resources, promoting and facilitating equitable and effective participation by all in decisions about the use and management of these resources.  These stakeholders include resource users and others living in rural communities, community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, media, academic institutions, donors and technical assistance organisations, government and intergovernmental agencies, and the private sector.  CANARI’s work brings together individuals across sectors and at the local, national, regional and international level to build relationships and foster collaboration.

CANARI also plays a key role as a regional intermediary, bringing global and regional resources and knowledge to national and local Caribbean organisations.

Over the previous decade (2006-2016), CANARI coordinated, managed and administered national and regional level grant programmes for civil society on behalf of eight donors working in the Caribbean in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and resilience, livelihood development based on the sustainable use of natural resources, participatory governance and organisational capacity building. CANARI is advocating that engaging a Caribbean intermediary CSO, like CANARI, to support grant-making in the region draws on local knowledge, credibility and convening power to leverage additional support and amplify impacts (see Policy Brief 23). Source Annual Report (2015-2016)

Our geographic focus is the islands of the Caribbean, including all thirteen independent countries as well as the departments of France, autonomous countries and special municipalities within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the dependent territories of the United Kingdom and the associated commonwealth and territory of the United States.

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