MEPA Trust channeling resources for Barbuda hurricane relief

hurricane barbuda250x180On September 6th 2017, Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda was devastated by category 5 Hurricane Irma with sustained winds peaking at 185 mph (295 km/h). The majority of the island’s infrastructure was damaged leaving over 1800 individuals displaced. The long journey to reconstruction has started and Antigua and Barbuda’s Marine Ecosystems Protected Area (MEPA) Trust, played its part by partnering with donors and partners to manage resources for relief action in Barbuda within the conservation area of focus.

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Impact Investment to manage the 2nd largest marine area of the DR

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A Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement was signed on February 23rd 2018, for co-management of the second largest Protected Area (PA) of the Dominican Republic. A co-management body, a non-profit company, is expected to hit the triple bottom line: social, environmental and economic impact via the creation of new job opportunities in the Blue Economy sector for local populations, the conservation of critical ecosystems and financial returns.

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A Successful end to the 4-year ECMMAN Project

Contributed by Dr. Sherry Constantine, TNC Caribbean

The Climate-Resilient Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) project ended in October 2017. ECMMAN has successfully laid a foundation that will continue to improve the way Eastern Caribbean countries manage the marine and coastal resources that define their islands and sustain their economies. ECMMAN provided communities and government agencies in St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada with the funding, training and tools necessary to create a more sustainable future for these vital resources and the people who rely on them.

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Grenada launches its newest Marine Protected Area: Grand Anse

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Contributed by Dr. Sherry Constantine, TNC Caribbean

On January 26, 2017, the government of Grenada officially launched the Grand Anse Marine Protected Area (GAMPA), which includes the island’s most iconic and populated beach at Grand Anse. Grand Anse was identified as a critical site for protection due to the large amount of recreational and economic activities in the area, the possibility for conflicts between resource users, and the impacts such uses can have on the environment.

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CBF Annual Meeting coming soon with CCI-CBF Week

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The CCI-CBF Week is here once again! The meeting will take place from June 19th- 21st 2018 at the Sonesta Coconut Grove Hotel in Miami, USA. As in previous years, the meeting will include the CBF Annual Meeting, and a knowledge exchange among the NCTFs. In addition, and in response to the CCI Leader’s Declaration, the meeting will include a Finance Solutions Roundtable to discuss and brainstorm on new ideas and innovative approaches for supporting the Caribbean Sustainable Financial Architecture and overall CCI Goals.

 

 

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