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Western Hemisphere Program (Caribbean Regional Program)
The Caribbean region harbors a unique wealth of terrestrial and marine diversity and ecosystems. From cloud forests to arid cactus lands, its insular system is considered a biodiversity hotspot. Spread over nearly 4 million km2 , the terrestrial component of the Caribbean region is home to a wealth of endemic wildlife. Bound together by the Caribbean Sea, its unique diversity of coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds are an important feeding and breeding area for a variety of fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and turtles, and provide ecosystem services such as storm protection, erosion control and food provision for the local communities.
The natural diversity of the Caribbean region is threatened by the growing and compounding effects of invasive species; agricultural encroachment and intensification; residential and commercial development; uncontrolled touristic activities; beach erosion; extreme weather events and wildlife trafficking.
The Caribbean Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) was established with the purpose of conserving species, habitats and ecological processes across landscapes with high biodiversity value in the Caribbean.
Submission Deadline: 10 May, 2018
Areas of Interest
- Conservation Critically Endangered Iguana Species and their Habitats
- Addressing Illegal Trade of Wildlife in the Caribbean
- Strengthening the Leadership and Professional Capacities of Young Conservation Professionals in the Caribbean
- Protected Areas Management and Conservation through Institutional Capacity Building and Local Community Engagement