The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund has awarded US$1.1million in grants to four civil society organisations working in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
The grants will go to the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) in Jamaica, as well as the Fundación José Delio Guzmán (FJDG), Sociedad Ornitológica de la Hispaniola (SOH Conservación), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in the Dominican Republic.
It is the first four awards to be made by the CEPF under its current five-year investment in the Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot, which began in August 2021.
All four grants will support practical action projects to strengthen the protection and management of globally important biodiversity those two countries.
The CEPF says:
- The grant to C-CAM in Jamaica will support the preparation of a five-year management and zoning plan for the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) along with the implementation of the national conservation plan for the critically endangered Jamaican Hutia (Geocapromys brownii) and the elaboration of conservation action plans for other endangered endemic plant and animal species. C-CAM will also develop a monitoring programme for the PBPA that engages communities in a citizen science programme.
- The FJDG will work on an ecological restoration programme for the Juan Bautista Pérez Rancier National Park, more commonly known as the Valle Nuevo National Park, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. It will also prepare conservation action plans for four highly threatened endemic species, including the Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus) and the Green Swallow (Tachycineta euchrysea). Given the importance of community support for the management of the park, the project includes an ecotourism component to ensure communities will benefit from the park’s conservation.
- SOH Conservación will strengthen the management of the Sierra de Bahoruco and Bahoruco Oriental protected areas and their buffer zones to mitigate threats. It will also build management capacity, develop bird-friendly coffee demonstration plots and promote ecotourism, as well as prepare and implement species conservation action plans and establish a stakeholder management committee and community extension. Parque Nacional Valle Nuevo, Dominican Republic.
- IUCN is partnering with the local Grupo Jaragua to assess two plant families, junipers (Cupressaceae) and palms (Palmae), and a conifer species (Podocarpus buchii) on the Dominican Republic side of the Massif de la Selle – Sierra de Bahoruco – Hoya de Enriquillo Basin Binational Corridor. IUCN will also build the capacity of local botanists by supporting field surveys, conducting planning and training for Red List assessments.