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

The latest edition of the newsletter of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot is now available in English. In Capacité 10, we put the spotlight on some of the innovative tools, methods, and approaches being used by CEPF grantees in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. We also provide a brief report on the CANARI mentorship programme, which was supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and enhanced CANARI's role as the CEPF Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Caribbean. See here for Issue 10 of Capacité

Reflections from Samoa: "Renewable energy for economic development in the Caribbean"

Nicole Leotaud, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)

There are three drivers for scaling up renewable energy in the Caribbean islands: energy security to reduce dependence on expensive imported fossil fuels; fossil fuel costs and price volatility and the knock-on effect on competitiveness of goods and services; and environmental concerns around the contribution of fossil fuels to climate change.  For the Caribbean, the first two economic arguments are driving the growing interest in wind, geothermal and solar energy as the top options. See here for more.

CANARI in partnership with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies (UWI-CERMES), Panos Caribbean, Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CFRM) is requesting applications from  fisherfolk organisations in the 17 project countries, under the European Union Europe Aid Program funded project, Strengthening Caribbean Fisherfolk to Participate in Governance project: Fisherfolk Strengthening Fund.  The call for applications is open from September 12 to October 13, 2014. For more information on the call see here.

Blog from Samoa - "Absurd, unrealistic, indifferent, and criminal global economics"

Nicole Leotaud, September 3rd 2014

Strong words like absurd, unrealistic, indifferent and criminal were heard from CARICOM delegations discussing key global economic barriers to achieving our sustainable development at the Third International Conference for Small Island Development States (SIDS) being held in Samoa.  See here for more.

CANARI's Executive Director blogs from Day 3 of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) being held in Apia, Samoa, 1-4 September 2014. Strong words like absurd, unrealistic, indifferent and criminal were heard from CARICOM delegations discussing key global economic barriers to achieving our sustainable development. See full blog here.

CANARI's Executive Director blogs from the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) being held in Apia, Samoa, 1-4 September 2014. The President of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Samoa, set the tone early during the formal opening when he opined that "we should send bold signals on what we can do, not what others can do for us" and "sympathy and pity will not provide solace nor halt the disastrous impacts of climate change." See full blog here

CANARI recently facilitated a meeting of 23 leading civil society organisations to identify priorities for sustainable development in Trinidad and Tobago as input for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) being held in Samoa in September 2014. See the full report here.

Port of Spain, July 25, 2014 - Twenty-three leading civil society organisations (CSOs) have identified priorities for sustainable development in Trinidad and Tobago and roles they can play in addressing these. Priorities focus on improving health and education services, women's empowerment, more equitable and green economic development, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and conserving biodiversity and natural resources. 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 Issue 9 of the CEPF Caribbean quarterly newsletter, Capacité. See here for Issue 9 of Capacité, and check out the French and Spanish supplements.

Port of Spain, July 01, 2104 – A new publication “Green economies in the Caribbean: perspectives, priorities and an action learning agenda” has just been released that highlights work by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) on green economy in the Caribbean. See here for media release.  

     
   

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute

received funding from UK aid from the UK

Government through the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Phase 5 in the Caribbean dialogue on green economy draws on a background paper produced by CANARI and seeks to implement one component of the programme of work of the Caribbean GE ALG.   

The goal is to explore how the nurture Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs), including those operating in the informal or semi-formal sectors, to be an engine for green and inclusive economic transformation in the Caribbean using an action and research learning approach with GE ALG members and other key partners in the region.

The overal learning question is: "How can we catalyse, support and empower SMEs so that they bring co-benifits (economic, environmental sustainability, social equity) and address issues for the informal sector?" For more information, see here.   

 

 

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 continues to implement work under the 11 programme areas outlined in its Strategic Plan 2011-2016 in CANARI’s Annual Report 2012-2013.

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

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

CANARI 2011. Facilitating participatory natural resource management: A toolkit for Caribbean managers Laventille: CANARI (English, Spanish