Antigua and Barbuda: The Marine Ecosystem Protected Area (MEPA) Trust, Inc.

CBF Status: Pre-financing Agreement signed September; 2016Partnership Agreement with the CBF signed June 2017

 

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Established on May 22, 2015, the MEPA Trust is dedicated to the protection, recovery, and effective management of Antigua and Barbuda’s protected areas (PAs) to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The Trust has an appreciation for the natural environment, not only for tourism purposes but as our way of life.

The Trust has embarked on various initiatives to support NGOs and local community groups in capacity building by conducting training workshops, empowerment support to assist the groups to be legally registered, continuous networking with the groups to build strong partnerships and engagement in joint sustainable activities.

The MEPA Trust has formed strong partnerships with various supportive entities to include the Department of Environment and CBF. With the signing of the CBF Partnership Agreement, it means the Trust will have additional funding available to support conservation activities and work towards achieving the CCI goal of effectively conserving and managing at least 20 percent of Antigua and Barbuda’s marine and coastal environment by 2020.

As their tag line states “Biodiversity is our Business” and thus the MEPA Trust is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders (Government, NGOs, Civil Society, Private Sector) to determine grant-making activities that will further enhance the protection and conservation of biological diversity within the marine and terrestrial ecosystems. While continuing to engage communities in all projects funded by the Trust as a means of promoting environmentally sustainable development activities in Antigua and Barbuda.

Learn more about the MEPA Trust at https://mepatrustantiguabarbuda.org/

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Contact

6 Colonial Hill Plaza
Thompson Blvd.
P.O. Box CB 11398
Nassau Bahamas
Secretariat@caribbeanbiodiversityfund.org