CANARI is a non-profit technical institute with thirty years’ experience of research, policy influence and capacity building for participatory natural resource governance in the Caribbean. It is highly regarded both regionally and internationally. In 2009, CANARI became the first Caribbean organisation to receive the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

CANARI was established under its present name in 1989 but evolved out of a 1976 initiative of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources that became known as the Eastern Caribbean Natural Area Management Programme.

Since 2001, CANARI’s main office has been in Trinidad and Tobago and we are also legally registered as a non-profit organisation in Saint Lucia and the United States Virgin Islands.

CANARI has recently completed a two-year period of learning and reflection on its role and priorities to inform our new 10-year strategic plan.



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