The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is a non-profit organisation registered in Saint Lucia, St. Croix and Trinidad and Tobago, with its main office in Port of Spain, Trinidad. It has 501(c) (3) status in the United States and charitable status in Trinidad and Tobago .

CANARI’s geographic focus is the islands of the Caribbean but its research findings are often relevant and disseminated to the wider region.

News Archive

Port of Spain, April 22, 2014:  The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has awarded three grants of US$5,000 to improve rural livelihoods through strengthening community businesses based on the sustainable use of forests. Grants have been awarded to the Brasso Seco Paria Tourism Action Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, the North Leeward Tourism Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Smithfield Local Forest Management Committee of Jamaica. See here for press release.


In 2012, CANARI received a grant, of US$60,000 from Royal Bank of Canada under its RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant to undertake a project to improve the community-based management of watersheds in Trinidad and Tobago. 
This projec
t seeks to build the capacity of community groups involved in watershed management to share lessons learnt and best practices in watershed management among each other and to enhance the groups' skills in communicating how their work contributes to clean, safe drinking water. This video captures the project activities funded by this project.

 Port of Spain.  April 08, 2014 - Over 30 fisherfolk leaders from the Saint Lucia National Fisherfolk Cooperative Society Limited  (SLNFCSL) and affiliate fisherfolk cooperatives, and representatives from the Fisheries and Cooperatives Divisions participated in a National Fisherfolk Workshop, in Saint Lucia , from April 2 - 3, 2014. 

This workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacities of the fisherfolk organisations in Saint Lucia to better participate in the national, regional and international processes for developing and implementing fisheries and related policies. See here for press release.


CANARI’s Annual Report for 2012-2013 is now available. Over the period, CANARI continued to implement work under the 11 programme areas outlined in its Strategic Plan 2011-2016.

Multiple linkages were made across CANARI’s programmes, and CANARI worked with partners ranging from rural women operating small businesses, to leading civil society organisations managing and co-managing protected areas, to development economists interested in economic transformation in the Caribbean, to government agencies coordinating national climate change adaptation efforts, to global think tank leaders interested in influencing the post-2015 dialogue on new sustainable development goals.

For more information, see CANARI’s Annual Report 2012-2013, and do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions, comments or feedback you want to share with us.


CANARI promoted small enterprises as key to a sustainable Caribbean economy at the Commonwealth Third Global Biennial Conference on Small States, held 26-27 March 2014 in Saint Lucia, under the theme "Building resilience in Small States". For more information, see here for news release.


The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), in its role as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Caribbean islands Biodiversity Hotspot has released Issue 8 of the CEPF Caribbean quarterly newsletter, Capacité. See here for Issue 8 of Capacité. Check out the French and Spanish supplements of Issue 8.


Port of Spain, March 6, 2014 - Dr. Michael Witter, member of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group, recently attended an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ENVIRONET Expert Workshop on Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy to share Caribbean perspectives and experiences on green economy.  A brief interview with Dr. Witter is available at See here for media release.


The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), in its role as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Caribbean islands Biodiversity Hotspot, has released the Summary Report for the Mid-term Evaluation of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot Investment (2010 - 2015). The report reflects the analysis and recommendations of a multi-stakeholder review that assessed progress of the CEPF Caribbean islands Biodiversity Hotpsot investment at the half-way mark of the programme in 2013.

Click here for the Executive Summary of the report. (PDF).

Click here to access the full report. (PDF).

Click here to review all the reports of the review process that fed into the summary report.



The CANARI family celebrates the life of Kathy Mangonès, from Haiti, who played a pivotal role in shaping CANARI as we know it today, as she was a very active and inspiring member of the Board that led the formulation of the Institute’s first strategic plan in the mid 1990s. See here for a tribute to Kathy Mangonès.

Calendar of Natural Resource Management Events 2013


      The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute

      received funding from UK aid from the UK

      Government through the International

  Institute for Environment and Development

      to mobilise the Caribbean Green  

      Economy Action Learning Group (ALG) to

      deepen the analysis of needs and

      opportunities for change in policy and

      practice in the Caribbean and to prepare

      for implementation of action research and

      learning in priority areas. For more

      information, see here.

      The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute

      (CANARI) recently received a €1,032,099

  grant from the European Union via its

      EuropeAid programme, to improve the

      contribution of the small scale         

      fisheries sector to food security in the

      Caribbean. This will be achieved through

      building the capacity of regional and

      national fisherfolk organisation networks

      to participate in fisheries governance and

      management. See here for more

      information in in English and here for



The island of San Salvador in The Bahamas is where Christopher Columbus first made landfall in the New World in 1492. Today the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is working with a local NGO, the San Salvador Living Jewels, to expand the Bahamas National Park System to include five sites on the island, including two Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Key Biodiversity Areas - Grahams Harbour and Cays, and the Southern Great Lake. See here for more information and pictures.



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CANARI Green Economy Action Learning Group Discussion Papers:


CANARI. 2011, Strategic Plan 2011-2016 in English, French, Spanish, and Summary  Strategic plan in English, French, Spanish


  Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group Programme of Work June 2013

  CANARI 2013 Policy Brief No. 15. Using traditional knowledge for decision-making on climate change in the Caribbean (English, Spanish, French)

CANARI 2011. Facilitating participatory natural resource management: A toolkit for Caribbean managers Laventille: CANARI