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7 Million Euros to Strengthen Biodiversity Conservation in 11 Caribbean Countries

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund organizes first capacity building workshop as part of the Caribbean Regional Architecture for Biodiversity (CRAB) Project

20 February 2023 – The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) on Saturday, February 18, 2023, started its first regional activity under the Caribbean Regional Architecture for Biodiversity (CRAB) Project in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The workshop was attended by representatives of the National Conservation Trust Funds with whom CBF has signed an Agreement, along with other partners such as: the Laboratory of Ecology, Evolution and Interactions of Amazonian Systems from French Guiana,  the Regional Activity Centre for the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife for the Wider Caribbean Region (UNEP-CEP), The Nature Conservancy, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and representatives from CBF and AfD.

The workshop provided the participants with an opportunity to exchange and network on topics such as the governance and operationalisation of the Conservation Trust Funds and their sustainable finance mechanism. Capacity building sessions included topics such as mangrove and coral reef restoration and the standards related to the Environmental and Social Management Framework.

The CRAB project has a timeframe of 5 years, in which more capacity building is foreseen in themes such as sustainable finance mechanisms for Conservation Trust Funds and various biodiversity conservation topics such as on Bio Blue trade value chains.

The CRAB Project is designed to contribute to the development of sustainable and sufficient resources for the conservation of ecosystems in the Caribbean Region. As Small Island Developing States, Caribbean nations depend heavily on their biodiversity and natural resources for economic and social development.

Funding for the CRAB Project totals 7 million Euros, with 4 million Euros from the French Global Environmental Facility (FFEM) and the French Agency for Development (AFD), 500,000 Euros from the German Government through the German Development Bank (KFW), and with the CBF itself contributing 2.5 million Euros.

“By gathering 11 National Conservation Trust Funds from the Caribbean, and providing them with long-term financing under its endowment mechanism, the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund presents an unique financial architecture. We believe that this architecture has a strong relevance and ability to address the challenges of the conservation of natural ecosystems encountered both at the regional and national levels. That’s why we decided to fund the CRAB project, in order to strengthen the CBF and the NCTF capacities and increase their regional partnerships, including with the French territories”, said Quentin Lajus, Task Team Leader at the AFD.

The  CRAB Project will support the development of nature-based economic activities, including a post-COVID response for the benefit of the most affected communities across the region. Started in July 2022, the project will be implemented over a 5-year period.

“The CBF is pleased to have worked with our partners in France to be at the stage of hosting this first regional event under the CRAB Project. Over the next 5 years, we will be working to  increase the capacity of Caribbean Sustainable Finance Architecture, which comprises the CBF and Caribbean National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs) to become key players in regional biodiversity issues,” said CEO of the CBF Karen McDonald Gayle.

Learn more about how the CBF is working to preserve and protect the natural resources of the Caribbean region at


The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund was established in 2012 to create reliable, long-term funding for conservation and sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) is a regional umbrella environmental fund that uses a flexible structure to implement innovative solutions and consolidate resource mobilization in the Caribbean through a range of financial instruments.

Currently, the CBF has 3 programs, the Conservation Finance Program, based on an endowment fund, Climate Change Program, focused on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) strategies, and Nature-based Economies Program with an Advancing Circular Economy focus.

The Conservation Finance Program currently provides sustainable financing to 11 Conservation Trust Funds in the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) funds, supports and accelerates the transitions to a fairer and more sustainable world. Focusing on climate, biodiversity, peace, education, urban development, health and governance, our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas departments and territories and another 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the commitment of France and the French people to support the sustainable development goals. Learn more.

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