The project : a network of regional hubs to identify the priorities for investment, and inform and train local stakeholders
The number, the high-level of demand and the quality of the projects’ proposals have clearly demonstrated the need for funding directed to projects aimed at protecting EU Overseas biodiversity.
It was therefore decided that the funds available for the third and last year of the BEST preparatory action would be invested in ensuring the sustainability of the BEST scheme.
This actual third and last year of the BEST Preparatory Action was implemented through an open call for tender launched in 2013. The successful tenderer is an international consortium of 10 partners led by IUCN, which mission is to carry out this work in all the regions of the EU overseas in close conjunction with key institutions involved in these topics, both at the local and national levels.
In the Caribbean Region, the SPAW RAC (Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife) in partnership with the Natural Reserve of St Martin will be in charge of the coordination of the Caribbean regional hub and of the development of the Caribbean ecosystem profiles for the 15 European overseas entities in close partnership with the existing networks and stakeholders.
There are 15 EU overseas entities in The Caribbean
- UK entities: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Montserrat
- Dutch entities : Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao , Saba , Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten
- French entities : Saint Martin, Martinique , Guadeloupe, Saint Barthelemy