MacArthur has announced 13 grants totaling more than $3.2 million in support of biodiversity conservation work in the islands of the Caribbean.
The Caribbean is a region of breathtaking biodiversity. Yet due to its diverse culture and varying levels of economic development among the 24 island countries and dependent territories that make up the region, the Caribbean represents a special challenge to those who seek to build a region-wide approach to conservation, said Jonathan F. Fanton, president of MacArthur. Elements of our grantmaking are focused on the Greater Antilles the islands of the northwestern Caribbeanwhile other grants have been awarded for work throughout the region. The MacArthur Foundations first conservation grants made outside the United States were awarded 17 years ago to organizations at work in the Caribbean. Because of the long-term nature of conservation work, nearly two decades later we continue to provide support designed to help preserve the land and we are expanding efforts focused upon the sea.
Grupo Jaragua received a grant of $375,000 over three years to complete a conservation plan that will help link protected areas in the southwest Dominican Republic through development of biological corridors, building scientific understanding of the ecology of the island, and enhancing local livelihoods and environmental stewardship through eco-tourism and improved agro-forestry practices.
Subject to the satisfaction of applicable U.S. government regulations, five grants will be awarded to organizations in the United States, England, and Canada to support conservation work in Cuba: