Source: Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

The National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica (NCTFJ) was established in 2014 as a private non-profit organization under the Companies Act of Jamaica. The creation of the Fund was a result of the GEF/UNDP funded project implemented between 2010 to 2016 to support the consolidation of the National Protected Areas System (NPAS).

September 6, 2019 - Hurricane Dorian’s catastrophic damage on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in The Bahamas, is unprecedented. Entire communities have been ravaged by 20-foot storm surge and 185 mph sustained winds. Substantial parts of Grand Bahama remain underwater. 35 persons are confirmed dead by the Government of The Bahamas, with the count expected to rise.

On Friday July 12, 2019 Massy Stores SLU Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saint Lucia National Conservation Fund (SLUNCF), to manage a portion of the funds collected from the plastic charge. This is the charge, which the supermarket initiated last year, as part of a plan to transition customers to reusable bags. The amount donated is one hundred and fifty thousand dollars (EC$150,000).

ANTIGUA (July 16, 2019) - France and Germany, along with The Nature Conservancy, have pledged over US$45 million in contributions to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) to increase resources for biodiversity conservation.

ANTIGUA (June 27, 2019) - Five Caribbean countries and territories were recognized for their early achievement of the ambitious marine protection target they committed to when joining the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI). 

The CCI 20-by-20 Conservation Goal challenges members to conserve and manage at least 20 percent of their marine and coastal environment by 2020.

2018 CBF St. Lucian Hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy

ST. LUCIA (January 17, 2019) - St. Lucian hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy has joined the Caribbean's efforts to address the crisis of marine and coastal resources degradation with her appointment this week as Envoy of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).

From left: Eleanor Phillips, Director of External Affairs for the Caribbean for The Nature Conservancy; German Ambassador to CARICOM and Chairman of the CCI Steering Committee Holger Michael; Karolin Troubetzkoy, new Envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative; and Yabanex Batista, CEO of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund.

Based on in-depth discussions among CCI members and partners, two coordination mechanisms for the CCI have been created during Phase II:

1. CCI Secretariat. Supports the achievement of CCI goals by providing coordination, communication and other services to the three major CCI “constituency groups” (governments, private sector, partners) as well as the CCI Steering Committee.

2. CCI Steering Committee. The CCI Steering Committee was appointed at the 1st CCI Council meeting in September 2016 (Saint Lucia). The Steering Committee provides strategic direction and guidance to achieve CCI’s goals. The current CCI Steering Committee is composed of:

  • Caribbean Government Representative (Minister Romauld Ferreira of the Bahamas)
  • Partner Representative (Ambassador Michael Holger of Germany)
  • Private Sector Representative (Mr. Gerard Bergasse of Tropical Shipping)
  • Chair of the CCI Secretariat (P.S. Merina Jessamy of the Government of Grenada)
  • Representative of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (Mrs. Eleanor Garraway-Phillips)
  • Representative of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) (CEO, Mr. Yabanex Batista)
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On March 6, the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) and 4 Participating National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs) got together in Miami for their first meeting of 2017. The funds were the Marine Ecosystem Protected Area Trust Fund (MEPA) of Antigua and Barbuda, Fondo Marena (FM) of the Dominican Republic, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Conservation Fund (SVGCF), and the Saint Lucia National Conservation Fund (SLUNCF).

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The Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for the Caribbean Constituency took place from May 16-19, 2017 in St. George’s - Grenada. The ECW meetings are a component of the GEF’s Country Support Programme (CSP).

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The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), and partners are working on the design of sustainable finance mechanisms for the National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs).

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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and elsewhere are highly vulnerable to the various impacts of climate change. However, extremely high public debt ratios impede these countries’ abilities to invest in climate change adaptation actions, such as modifying infrastructure and nature-based solutions to improve coastal and flood protection.


The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) and the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) teams are in full gear for our 2 nd Annual CCI-CBF Week from June 26-30, 2017.  The week of meetings brings together CCI and CBF members and observers as well as development partners and funders.  This year, the meetings will be held in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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The theme for 2014 is Island Biodiversity| Associated Press | Todd Vansickle (photo)

Jamaica, May 22, 2014 - The British Virgin Islands declared its territorial waters a sanctuary for all shark species Thursday to help protect the marine predators whose global numbers have been dramatically dwindling.

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Island Bright Spots | CBD

New York, May 22, 2014 - The CCI Secretariat would like to commend the members of GLISPA, CBD, the United Nations, and all island contributors, for the exceptional job in developing this publication which highlights the important work being done in islands all over the globe to conserve, manage and sustain their natural resources.

We are happy to have GLISPA and CBD as CCI partners and look forward to continuing to work together to achieve progress on the CCI’s goal of marine and coastal conservation by 2020 in the Caribbean.

We encourage you to share the publication within your various networks.

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The theme for 2014 is Island Biodiversity | UNEP | Marjo Aho | Charlotte Bufton

2014 - The Caribbean Challenge Initiative’s (CCI) aims are to preserve and protect the region’s marine and coastal environment. CCI’s “20 by 20 Goal” targets the protection of at least 20% of the Caribbean’s marine and coastal environment by 2020. 9 Caribbean governments and 15 corporations have together made a series of bold commitments towards these aims.

The theme for 2014 is Island Biodiversity| UNEP CEP

Jamaica, May 22, 2014 - Island Biodiversity” is the theme for this year’s International Day For Biological diversity. This day is observed annually on May 22 and for 2014 aims to raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity for islands and the need for island states to sustainably manage their resources.

Summit commits to concrete actions to turn around ocean health and secure food security for millions of people|

The Hague, April 25, 2014 - A summit that brought together more than 600 ocean stakeholders – including 80 ministers from across the world, ocean science experts, business leaders, philanthropists and heads of international organizations – committed to a set of concrete actions responding to the urgency for restoring productive, resilient oceans that drive broad-based blue growth and deliver food security.

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Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth Slated for April 2014 | World Bank

The Hague, April 22, 2014 — The Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth will take place from 22-25 April 2014, in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Summit is organized by the Government of The Netherlands, in close collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank and the Governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Mauritius, Norway and the US.

High-level gathering focuses on identifying solutions for healthy oceans|World Bank

Hague, April 22, 2014 - Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world's oceans and secure the long-term well-being and food security of a growing global population. That is a key message of an international summit that opens today in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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US$ 4.43 billion pledged for the Global Environment Facility| GEF

GENEVA, April 16, 2014 — 30 donor countries today pledged US$ 4.43 billion for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support developing countries' efforts over the next four years to prevent degradation of the global environment.

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