Conservation Finance Program
The Conservation Finance Program focuses on the provision of funding towards the protection and management of biodiversity and natural resources and is mainly supported through the Endowment Fund. The proceeds of this Fund are invested in country-based sub-accounts and are channeled through partner National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs), who in turn lead grant-making programs at the national level. CBF and the partner NCTFs work together in the design and implementation of additional financial mechanisms that provide a required match to complement the CBF resources.
The Program also includes an organizational development component aimed at strengthening the network of NCTFs that are part of the Caribbean Sustainable Financial Architecture.
Partner donors to date include the Government of Germany through the German Development Bank (KfW), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) — through the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs)
In addition to the above Participating Countries, there are also countries and territories that are Observers to the CBF Board. Each Observer Country has an observing representative on the Board that serve as the national focal point on CBF matters. The CBF is currently looking for funding that can be earmarked for the Observer Countries, at which point they can have a National Fund to become a CBF Partner.