2023 CBF BEACH Awards

Celebrating our Caribbean Conservation Heroes

We are excited to announce the launch of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) Biodiversity Excellence Awards for Conservation Heroes (BEACH), honoring outstanding individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development within the Caribbean.

Join us in recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations who champion biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean. Nominate those who are making a difference and honor their dedication to preserving our natural resources.
Deadline for nominations: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Introducing the CBF BEACH Awards

The CBF Biodiversity Excellence Award for Caribbean Heroes (BEACH) is a prestigious recognition for individuals and organizations making remarkable contributions to the CBF’s mission.

Named after Mrs. Eleanor Garraway-Phillips and Dr. Jens Mackensen, two esteemed founding board members, the BEACH Award celebrates their legacy. Recognizing leadership, innovation, and dedication to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, the BEACH Award inspires others to follow in their footsteps. Through targeted thematic areas and strategic partnerships, the award fosters collaboration and expands the CBF’s reach.

Biennially awarded from 2023, the BEACH Award showcases outstanding achievements, amplifying the awardees’ impact. Join us in honoring these conservation heroes, promoting the International Biodiversity Day, and protecting the Caribbean’s rich biodiversity. Together, let’s celebrate and preserve our natural treasures!
Jens Mackensen
Dr. Jens Mackensen, outgoing chairperson of the Board of Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, currently serves as Director of the Latin America and the Caribbean portfolio for the Department of Natural Resources at KfW Development Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. He particularly oversees topics such as forest protection, reforestation, sustainable forestry in natural forests, and agriculture, as well as the protection of climate, coasts, and biodiversity.
Eleanor Garraway-Phillips
Eleanor Garraway-Phillips, the “Caribbean Ambassador,” shaped conservation policy and strategic direction in the Bahamas. She played a key role in the Bahamas Master Plan for Protected Areas and the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund. Eleanor served as CBF’s first Vice Chair and Treasurer, leaving a lasting impact on the region’s conservation efforts including the advancement of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative.


22 May 2023
Launch of the CBF BEACH Awards
22 June 2023
Deadline for Nominations
29 June 2023
Compliance & Preliminary Shortlisting
13 July 2023
Final Shortlisting
17 July 2023
Notification of Awardees
28 July 2023
Award Ceremony


The nominees must be actively contributing to the areas of focus, and have a proven track record of actively implementing projects and/or initiatives in the Caribbean region.
The nominees will be evaluated by a panel of judges composed of representatives from the CBF Board of Directors, CBF partners, and experts in the fields of biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and climate change. The judges will select one individual and one organization as the awardees of the 2023 CBF BEACH Awards.

What makes a conservation hero?

The nominee’s work should have a measurable impact on biodiversity conservation or sustainable development in the Caribbean region
The nominee’s work should demonstrate a creative or innovative approach to biodiversity conservation or sustainable development.
The nominee should be a leader in their field and should have demonstrated a commitment to work linked to advancing the mission and vision of the CBF.
The nominee’s work should involve collaboration with other organizations or stakeholders in the Caribbean region.
The nominee’s work should demonstrate a long-term commitment to biodiversity conservation or sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

The Selection Process


The CBF Secretariat screens all nominations to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.


The CBF Board and Selection Committee review and shortlist the top two awardees, one individual and one organization.


The CBF Secretariat notifies the selected awardees.

Nominate Your Conservation Hero

Complete the form below to nominate your candidate for the 2023 CBF Biodiversity Excellence Awards for Conservation Heroes (BEACH) Awards.