Drawing upon existing institutional strengths and ensuring an innovative and multi-sectoral perspective, leadership representing the Government of Saint Lucia and a broad group of civil society actors including members of the conservation community, community groups and non-governmental organisations, and private sector agencies founded the Saint Lucia National Conservation Fund (SLUNCF) in 2015. The World Bank, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (the “CBF”) provided technical support for this process. Developed initially to manage funding flows that will be generated by the CBF, the SLUNCF was designed to accommodate a diverse range of funding flows that will catalyse and support the conservation, restoration, and effective management of Saint Lucia’s biodiversity and natural resources. The SLUNCF’s mandate extends beyond the management of CBF funds, and the SLUNCF will seek to generate additional sustainable funding to support other focal areas including sustainable livelihoods.
Incorporated in 2016, the Saint Lucia National Conservation Fund (SLUNCF) is dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and effective management of Saint Lucia’s biodiversity and natural resources.
Based on the natural resource and biodiversity context, threats, and management needs, the SLUNCF will direct its efforts strategically to achieve a unifying vision and mission. The SLUNCF will be integral to supporting the management of Saint Lucia’s biodiversity and natural resources against the need for social capital and partnership and opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and use as management priorities.
As described in the SLUNCF’s Bylaws, the purpose and objectives of the SLUNCF are to support the long-term management and expansion of Saint Lucia’s areas of land and/or sea which are specifically dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity and natural resources and other activities that contribute substantially to the conservation, protection and maintenance of biodiversity, while also creating sustainable livelihoods.
Catalyse and support the conservation, restoration, and effective management of Saint Lucia’s biodiversity and natural resources.
Saint Lucia’s biodiversity, and natural resources, and human and ecological communities are healthy and resilient to change.
To achieve its goals, the SLUNCF will apply five strategies:
Strengthen management and governance capacity by supporting development, resourcing, and implementation of management plans
Long-Term Investments Secured
Catalyze sustainable funding for long-term ecosystem conservation, effective management of biodiversity and natural resources.
Encourage restoration of culturally important and biologically significant ecosystems and species (e.g., the Saint Lucia racer snake)
Community Engagement Obtained
Engage stakeholders across sectors to enable resilient human and ecological communities
Promote partnerships in support of conservation of biodiversity and natural resources.