9 island nations and territories—The Bahamas, The British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Bamboo Sushi, Disney Cruise Line, GOOD Corps, Grupo Propagas, Grupo PuntaCana, Guy Harvey Sportswear, Hublot, KOR Water, NRG Energy, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd, Sandals Resorts International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Tiffany & Co., Tropical Shipping, Virgin Group
Partner organizations that attended the 2013 Summit of Caribbean Political and Business Leaders:
Carbon War Room, Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, CARIBSAVE, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), Government of Germany, Government of Italy, Government of the United Kingdom, Green VI, InMatt Foundation, European Commission, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Island Resources Foundation, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat, Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society, The Moore Charitable Foundation, Oak Foundation, Oceans5 Foundation Consortium, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol Regional Activity Center, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Environment Program - Caribbean Environment Program (UNEP-CEP), World Bank, Waitt Foundation, William J. Clinton Foundation
Objective & Description
The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) is an historic conservation initiative that brings together for the first time governments, companies and partners to accelerate action on conservation in the Caribbean. Together, the 9 participating countries and territories have committed to conserve at least 20% of nearshore and coastal environments in marine protected areas by 2020 with the help of private and public sector partners. The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund has been established to support achievement of the CCI commitments by 2020.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
• The participating CCI countries have already designated 50 new protected areas. The Bahamas established three marine protected areas, including the largest one in the region. The Dominican Republic established 30 new protected areas, surpassing their goal of conserving at least 20% of nearshore and coastal environments, and Jamaica too has set up eight no-take marine zones.
• Two marine zoning plans are completed (for the Dominican Republic’s Samana Bay and for St. Kitts and Nevis’ entire Exclusive Economic Zone) to support establishment of protected areas and to improve management.
• The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund is currently supported by the German Development Bank, Global Environment Facility, and The Nature Conservancy. It will disburse funding to participating nations to support protected area management beginning as early as 2014.
• The Inaugural Caribbean Summit of Business and Political Leaders took place in May 2013 on Necker Island, at the home of Sir Richard Branson, Founder of The Virgin Group. The Summit brought together 15 governments, 17 corporations and several partner organizations. Individual governments made specific conservation commitments and corporations and partners pledged to support marine and coastal conservation in the Caribbean. Nine Governments signed a Leaders Declaration supporting aggressive action on marine conservation and 15 Companies signed a Corporate Compact supporting changes to business practices.
• The Defend Paradise Campaign, launched by The Nature Conservancy and GOOD Corps, together with Tiffany & Co., Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd., KOR Water, and Guy Harvey Sportswear, is aimed at raising funds for marine conservation in the Caribbean and boosting consumer awareness of marine environment.
• CCI Governments have identified renewal energy transition as an important step towards achieving sustainability and effective conservation in the Caribbean.
• Grenada will host the first permanent CCI Secretariat. The Secretariat will manage CCI operations with the help of an Extended Team of Partners and a CCI Council comprised of representatives from CCI Governments, Companies and Partners.
• CCI Governments will develop a Regional Action Plan to catalyze work on the 7 guiding actions of the Leaders Declaration.
• With the support of partners, from individuals to foundations and companies, governments will establish national level trust funds, complementing the regional income.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer