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

  • A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Caribbean Biological Corridor (CBC) initiative in November 2021 in order to further strengthen and formalize cooperation.
  • In March 2022, the first in-person annual partner meeting took place in Santiago Rodriguez. The event brought together government representatives from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, as well as local authorities and representatives from the CBC, civil society, the church and the press. The project partners worked on several EbA and project related topics, including field visits to EbA examples on the ground.
  • In April 2022, a rapid biodiversity inventory research was carried out by CBC in the project area of Centro Naturaleza (DR).
  • The implementation of the Multi-Actor Partnership approach begun while in person trainings and workshops contiued. Context and vulnerability analyses have been completed for almost all project areas. Technical support on EbA has been provided to the partners, which are currently developing EbA plans.
  • Strong local governance systems are established by the partners 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.
  • Partners selected priority zones for intervention and defined their target groups. Together with the first project participants, EbA activities are implemented by the partners. This includes the establishment of agroforestry systems, erosion control measures, tree nurseries and reforestation activities.
  • In the Dominican Republic, the first communal water system has been rehabilitated providing improved access to water for 143 families (572 persons).
  • Various exchange missions have taken place between the project partners of the three countries. Most recently, the WHH team from the South-East of Haiti visited the project partner ENDA in the Dominican Republic. In these two areas, the focus is on the development of resilient coffee agroforestry systems and the introduction of more resistant coffee varieties. The exchange was very successful as experiences, technical know-how and coffee seeds were shared between the partners.
  • The project participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Change Week (LACCW) in Santo Domingo, organized by the Dominican Ministry of Environment and UNFCCC. A side-event was organized on the integrated MAP approach for EbA in vulnerable rural communities, with three project partners and the CBC represented on the panel to discuss project advances and local governance models.
  • Partners beginn to implement and report on complaints and response mechanisms.

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