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

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 ecosystem-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.

Project data

Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti
IKI funding
19,999,576.00 €
Included preparation phase
172,354.80 €
11/2019 till 10/2027
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Dominican Republic
  • Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA) - Cuba
  • Ministry of the Environment - Haiti
Implementing Partner
  • Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad (BIOECO)
  • Centro para la Educación y Acción Ecológica, Naturaleza, CEDAE
  • Concertation y Action pour le Développement (Concert-Action)
  • ENDA Dominicana
  • OroVerde - Die Tropenwaldstiftung

State of implementation/results

  • The Memorandum of Understanding with the Caribbean Biological Corridor (CBC) was updated and signed during the project’s annual partner meeting in March 2023. In addition to regular exchange meetings, joint field visits promote joint learning and cooperation between all partners.
  • Logistic arrangements for the import of project equipment and materials are ongoing. In the meantime, the Cuban partners are progressing on the finalization of their diagnostic studies and are planning to commence the development of their EbA plans soon after.
  • After the Rapid Biodiversity Inventory (RBI) in the northwest of the Dominican Republic (DOM), another RBIs is being planned with the CBC and in the project region of ENDA in the south-west of the DOM.
  • Context and vulnerability analyses have been completed for almost all project areas. Partners continue to receive technical support on EbA and are beginning to develop strategic EbA plans, the first of which will be completed by the end of 2023.
  • Partners are continuing to implement the Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) approach to promote EbA governance, continuing with in-person training and workshops. So far, 10 local “container” groups have been formed for the project. This allows the establishment of strong local governance systems to anchor project results in the region and create ownership. Important stakeholders from the intervention areas are informed about the project and participate in discussions and planning of project activities. The project is working on a concept paper on the practical integration of EbA and MAP.
  • Partners have selected priority zones for intervention and have defined initial target groups. EbA activities are being implemented by the partners, including the establishment of agroforestry systems, erosion control measures, tree nurseries, reforestation activities and the creation of household vegetable gardens.
  • Over 1 million seedlings of fruit and forest trees have been distributed and planted in the project regions. The project has so far supported over 1050 rural households with the implementation of EbA measures, provided safe access to water for 70 households, and has rehabilitated, reforested and conserved over 1400 hectares of land. It has also reached over 7500 people through sensitization campaigns and training on environmental protection, EbA and climate change.
  • Exchange missions take place between the project partners of the three countries. Most recently a technical exchange was organized between the partners Centro Naturaleza and ENDA, where the technical team of ENDA as well as selected project participants visited the project area of Centro Naturaleza in the Northwest of the DR. The main focus during this visit were the technical practices applied for implementing EbA measures in the field. Further exchanges between the Haitian partners and the ones in the Dominican Republic are currently being planned.
  • A project website is being developed to showcase project objectives, the regional network and context and to host publications and important updates from the project.
  • A project newsletter is developed quarterly and shared widely.
  • Partners are beginning to implement and report on complaints and response mechanisms, including IKI’s independent complaint mechanism. .

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