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CCI-CBF Week 2019 is in Antigua and Barbuda

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The fourth joint annual Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) and the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) meeting, known as the CCI-CBF Week, will take place in Bolans, Antigua from June 16th – 20th, 2019 at the Jolly Beach Hotel. As usual, the meeting will bring together CCI and CBF members, National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs) from the Caribbean, partners, donors, and observers.

The participants will discuss the progress achieved by the region towards the two CCI goals: the protection and effective management of 20% of the marine and coastal environment (Goal 1) and the sustainable financing needed for this (Goal 2). The Caribbean Sustainable Finance Architecture, the platform composed by the CBF and the NCTFs, is the core of Goal 2. At the meeting a sustainability action plan for the Architecture will be presented and discussed. An exchange workshop on how to develop sustainable finance mechanisms is also being organized to support the NCTFs in their challenge of developing additional funding streams in their countries. In addition, management effectiveness for marine protected areas and the roadmap to 2020 will also be on the agenda.

Below is an overview of the five days of meetings. Registration for the event is still open. If you have not yet done so, please make sure to register here if you will be joining us. Interested participants can also contact the CBF Secretariat for more information at secretariat@caribbeanbiodiversityfund.org.

4th CCI-CBF Week – agenda overview:

Sunday June 16
(closed sessions – by invitation only) CBF Ecosystem-based Adaptation Facility Committee Meeting NCTFs Exchange Workshop

Monday June 17
Update on CBF, NCTFs and the Finance Architecture (Goal 2 Day)

Tuesday June 18
Achieving the 20-by-20 Target & CCI Roadmap (Goal 1 Day)

Wednesday June 19
Field Trip to English Harbour

Thursday June 20
(closed sessions – by invitation only) CBF Finance Committee Meeting CBF Annual Board Meeting

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Asha-Gaye Cowell
Program Officer, Conservation Finance
Asha-Gaye Cowell is the Conservation Finance Program Officer. She has a diversified academic background, which includes a BSc. Economics and Statistics with first class honors, MSc. International Public and Development Management and a Visiting Fellowship Certification from the University of Oxford where she studied Behavioral Economics along with Strategy and Ethics. Complementing her academic prowess is a cross-section of professional experiences, including work with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), UNECLAC, USAID, the Permanent Missions of Jamaica to the UN, among others. With extensive civic involvement, volunteerism, and strategic partnerships, Asha is very passionate about leadership, international and regional development, economics, youth and climate change.

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