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Ecosystem-based Adaptation and forest restoration in vulnerable rural communities within the Caribbean Biological Corridor

As of: December 2021

The level of ecosystem diversity in the Caribbean is among the highest in the world. However, both the region and its valuable ecosystems are under severe threat from the impacts of climate change and human overuse. The project uses scosystem-based adaptation (EbA) measures to increase the resilience and adaptability of the people and ecosystems in the partner countries, thus improving the livelihoods of the rural population at the same time. In participatory processes, the project develops strategic EbA plans, based on which targeted afforestation and soil improvement measures are implemented. It supports farmers in applying adapted production techniques and optimising the value chains of agricultural, agroforestry and silvopastoral systems. In addition to supporting the mainstreaming of EbA in local and national plans, the project also trains and networks key players, helping them to plan EbA measures.

State of implementation/results

  • The training of partners and target groups on multi-actor partnerships (MAP) for building local EbA governance was deepened in online workshops. Other focal points were the basics of ecosystem-based adaptation and the preparation of context analyses.
  • At the end of September, further MAP workshops were held in the project areas of Welthungerhilfe (Thiotte, Haiti), as well as at ENDA Dominicana and Centro Naturaleza in the Dominican Republic.
  • The close cooperation with the CBC Secretariat will continue. In addition to regular exchange meetings, joint field visits are taking place, for example to the north of Haiti in March 2021, to promote cooperation with Haitian partners and joint learning.
  • Following the preparation of the guidelines, the context and vulnerability analyses are now being carried out, which serve as the basis for EbA plan development. This includes the development of thematic maps, participatory field data collection and stakeholder analysis. GIS trainings on validation and use of data and production of relevant maps have now also been conducted in presence with some partners.
  • The first pilot plots for specific agroforestry approaches and for studying ecosystem services are being established. Synergies with other projects of the consortium are being used. National and first international research cooperations are initiated.
  • Workshops on communication and M&E and accountability (for example on Core Humanitarian Standards and Complaints and Response Mechanisms/Feedback Mechanisms) were held and concrete work plans were drawn up. The overarching communication strategy has been agreed and is now being specified for local conditions with partners for each region.

Project data

Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti

Implementing organisation:
Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad (BIOECO)

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Dominican Republic
  • Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA) - Cuba
  • Ministry of the Environment - Haiti

Implementing partner(s):
  • Centro para la Educación y Acción Ecológica, Naturaleza, CEDAE
  • OroVerde - Die Tropenwaldstiftung

BMU grant:
19.999.576,00 €

11/2019  till  10/2027


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