A regional sustainable financing architecture for conservation

Tim Calver, The Nature Conservancy
Publicado: 08 Octubre 2015
Última edición: 28 Marzo 2019
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The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) is the realization of the vision to create reliable, long-term funding for conservation and sustainable development in the Caribbean. The CBF and its National Conservation Trust Funds form the regional sustainable finance architecture, which support and incentives Caribbean nations to meet the goals under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, and other international and regional commitments. The CBF is a umbrella fund with permanent (an endowment fund) and non-permanent funding (sinking fund).


El Caribe
Scale of implementation
Arrecifes coralinos
Bosques costeros
Ecosistemas marinos y costeros
Financiación sostenible
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Falta de oportunidades de ingresos alternativos
Deficiente gobernanza y participación
Sustainable development goals
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 14 - Vida submarina
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Aichi targets
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 20: Movilización de recursos de todas las fuentes


Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas | Caribbean region


  • Limited resources for conservation in the Caribbean. The CBF and the Regional Sustainable Financing Architecture for Conservation is a new and sustainable source of funding to address environmental challenges.
  • Environment is low in the regional political priorities. The CBF and the NCTFs will be crucial in raising the profile of environment and conservation in the region.


  • The National Conservation Trust Funds
  • Civil society
  • Government institutions
  • Community-based organizations

¿ Cómo interactúan los building blocks en la solución?

The building blocks describe 5 key areas in the design, establishment, current and future implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of this solution. While there are some sequential aspects around these building blocks, their implementation has and is often occurring in a parallel manner. For example, the CBF has been established first and now most of the national conservation trust funds are being established. The operationalization of the different trust funds will also not occur at the same time. Meanwhile maintaining the governments‘ and partners’ commitment is an important factor throughout all the building blocks.


As a regional conservation trust fund, the CBF is a new source of funding in the Caribbean. Thus far, nine National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs) are legally established and at different stages of becoming fully operational, with additional countries interested in joining the process. Moreover, all NCTFs have identified and are pursuing additional sustainable financial mechanism to finance biodiversity management activities. With three NCTFs official agreements with CBF have been signed and payments will start flowing in the coming months. Once the architecture is fully functional the CBF, through its endowment, expects to generate approximately US$1.5 – 1.8million/year to be channeled through the NCTFs. New sustainable finance mechanisms established by the NCTFs would match this amount. In addition, a new US$26.5 million sinking fund focused on ecosystem-based adaptation is expected to significantly contribute to create adaptation solutions for Caribbean islands.



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Karen McDonald Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF)

Other contributors

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF)