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.The SLUNCF has 11 Directors, with Non-Government Directors being in the majority. The Board of Directors comprises Founder Member Directors, Government Member Directors, and Non-Government Member Directors. Founder Member Directors represent the Economic Development Portfolio in the Government of Saint Lucia, the Saint Lucia National Trust, and the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association. Non-Government Directors are from the Saint Lucia Co-Operative Credit Union League Ltd., the Soufriere Marine Management Association Inc., the Saint Lucia Bar Association, Caribbean Youth Environment Network Saint Lucia Chapter, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The SLUNCF’s Officers consist of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson, the Secretary-Treasurer, the Chief Executive Officer, and other officers as the Board will deem necessary, from time to time.