Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, March 10, 2020  - Under the backdrop of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Conference on Private Finance for Sustainable Development in January, the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) and Blue Finance (BF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to incentivize the adoption of new models for the management of marine protected areas and development of financial mechanism for conservation.

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), February 26th, 2020

The CBF Ecosystem-based Adaptation Facility (the EbA Facility) launched its Second Call for Proposals (2ndCfP), at its EbA Workshop held in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic during February 25-26, 2020. The launch ceremony was presided over by the German Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Volker Pellet, and the Vice-minister for Coastal and Marine Resources of the Government of the Dominican Republic, Hon. Ydalia Acevedo, together with representatives of the German Development Bank (KfW), Mr. Karim ould Chih and the CBF, Dr. Joth Singh. 

We are excited to announce that Dr. Rob Brumbraugh as the Caribbean Division's new Executive Director. With more than 24 years of experience directing multi-national conservation programs, Dr. Brumbaugh excels in patnership development and is a talented leader of globally dispersed, high-performance teams. During his 15-year tenure at The Nature Consevancy, he has helped bring about vital conservation outcomes through roles on the Global Oceans Team and with the Florida Program, where he served most recently as a Senior Marine Scientist.

ST. LUCIA (February 9, 2020) - More action and funding are needed to protect the region's coral reefs and to conserve fisheries and other marine resources, asserted Karolin Troubetzkoy, special envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).
 

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Source: Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

CBF RECEIVES 20 MILLION EUROS TOP-UP FOR ECOSYSTEM-BASED ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE FROM KFW - ON BEHALF OF THE GERMAN FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, NATURE CONSERVATION, AND NUCLEAR SAFETY (BMU)

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, December 19, 2019 – The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) is very pleased to announce a Euros 20 million top-up for its Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)Facility from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) International Climate Initiative, through KfW, the German Development Bank.

Launch of the NCTFJ

Source: National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica (NCTFJ), December 2019

On June 5th, 2019, World Environment Day, National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica (NCTFJ) was officially launched at the Terra Nova Suite Hotel in Kingston Jamaica. The event was greatly supported by all stakeholders with direct responsibility of Jamaica’s protected areas. The NCTFJ and the launch received pivotal support from The Nature Conservancy through the USAID funded Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Project, the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), United Nations Development.

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, December 18, 2019 - The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) and the German Development Bank (KfW), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for  Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), have partnered again to expand the CBF’s Conservation Finance Program with a new injection of 25.5 Million Euros to the CBF Endowment.

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, November 5, 2019 – The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) congratulates 11 organizations for their successful funding applications made under the CBF Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Facility’s 1st Call for Proposals. Grants totalling US$12 Million and ranging in size from US$ 260,000 to US$2 million will be provided for the implementation of EbA solutions within the marine and coastal zones of 10 Caribbean countries. “EbA has been recognized to be among the most cost-effective approaches in addressing climate risk” shared Karim ould Chih, Chairman of the EbA Facility Committee which has oversight responsibility for the Facility. “The EbA Committee is extremely pleased with the transparent and effective process employed in the identification and selection of projects” he added. The EbA approach employs the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people in adapting to the adverse effects of climate change.

Lead Photo: From left: John Calixte, Sarah Niles, Karolin Troubetzkoy and Barrymore Felicien

CCI Executives Meet with Ministry of Agriculture to Reaffirm 20-by-20 and Sustainable Finance Goals

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (October 27, 2019) - The executives of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) and the St. Lucia government signaled the formal relocation of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative to St. Lucia.

Source: Caricom

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s Ambassador to the Community His Excellency Holger Michael exchanged Letters of Agreement in respect of a financial contribution of 25,500,000 euros from the German Development Bank (KfW) to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF).

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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