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Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI)
Description/achievement of initiative

The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) is an historic conservation initiative that brings together for the first time governments, companies and partners to accelerate action on conservation in the Caribbean. Together, the 9 participating countries and territories have committed to conserve at least 20% of nearshore and coastal environments in marine protected areas by 2020 with the help of private and public sector partners. The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund has been established to support achievement of the CCI commitments by 2020.

Implementation methodologies

• The participating CCI countries have already designated 50 new protected areas. The Bahamas established three marine protected areas, including the largest one in the region. The Dominican Republic established 30 new protected areas, surpassing their goal of conserving at least 20% of nearshore and coastal environments, and Jamaica too has set up eight no-take marine zones. • Two marine zoning plans are completed (for the Dominican Republic’s Samana Bay and for St. Kitts and Nevis’ entire Exclusive Economic Zone) to support establishment of protected areas and to improve management.• The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund is currently supported by the German Development Bank, Global Environment Facility, and The Nature Conservancy. It will disburse funding to participating nations to support protected area management beginning as early as 2014.• The Inaugural Caribbean Summit of Business and Political Leaders took place in May 2013 on Necker Island, at the home of Sir Richard Branson, Founder of The Virgin Group. The Summit brought together 15 governments, 17 corporations and several partner organizations. Individual governments made specific conservation commitments and corporations and partners pledged to support marine and coastal conservation in the Caribbean. Nine Governments signed a Leaders Declaration supporting aggressive action on marine conservation and 15 Companies signed a Corporate Compact supporting changes to business practices. • The Defend Paradise Campaign, launched by The Nature Conservancy and GOOD Corps, together with Tiffany & Co., Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd., KOR Water, and Guy Harvey Sportswear, is aimed at raising funds for marine conservation in the Caribbean and boosting consumer awareness of marine environment. In 2014• CCI Governments have identified renewal energy transition as an important step towards achieving sustainability and effective conservation in the Caribbean. • Grenada will host the first permanent CCI Secretariat. The Secretariat will manage CCI operations with the help of an Extended Team of Partners and a CCI Council comprised of representatives from CCI Governments, Companies and Partners. • CCI Governments will develop a Regional Action Plan to catalyze work on the 7 guiding actions of the Leaders Declaration. • With the support of partners, from individuals to foundations and companies, governments will establish national level trust funds, complementing the regional income.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


8 island nations — Bahamas; Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Saint Vincent and Grenadines; Saint Lucia; Grenada; Antigua and Barbuda; Saint Kitts and Nevis. Sponsored by Private sectors and country governments.
Progress reports
Goal 14
To advance needed legal and policy actions.
To establish and capitalize national protected area trust funds.
To develop and implement ecosystem based adaptation to climate change projects.
To complete Protected Area Master Plans.
To create new sustainable finance mechanisms. (e.g. tourism-based fees and debt-for-resilience swaps)
Financing (in USD)

Basic information
Time-frame: 2014 - ongoing
8 island nations — Bahamas; Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Saint Vincent and Grenadines; Saint Lucia; Grenada; Antigua and Barbuda; Saint Kitts and Nevis. Sponsored by Private sectors and country governments.
Contact information
Jessica Robbins, Ms., jessica.robbins@glispa.org
United Nations