Helping People and Nature Thrive in the Caribbean
A Unique Region on a Path to a Bright Future
The Caribbean is one of the most beautiful but vulnerable regions in the world, with people and nature facing serious threats from climate change and other factors. In 2021, we worked with partners and local communities to advance lasting conservation outcomes during a critical time for the Caribbean and our planet—all thanks to our supporters.
We helped establish a robust new marine protected areas system in The Bahamas, built a coral science lab to scale up reef restoration in the Virgin Islands and throughout the region, and developed climate-smart action plans that can protect lives and livelihoods. Through our science-guided, nature-based approach, we are creating a healthier, more resilient future for the region’s ocean, coasts, coral reefs and communities.
We are proud to share our 2021 conservation wins and grateful for all the support and collaboration that makes this work possible.
Highlights of 2021
A Marine Milestone for an Iconic Archipelago
Working with partners in The Bahamas, we advanced one of the most significant protection declarations in the history of the Caribbean—resulting in over 5 million acres of newly protected ocean and coast. Learn about our historic ocean wins.
A New Lab Means New Hope for Coral Reefs
Our Virgin Islands Coral Innovation Hub is now home to a state-of-the-art lab, where scientists are scaling up techniques to save corals and embarking on one of the world’s largest reef restoration projects. Explore how we're helping coral reefs.
Mapping the True Treasure of the Sea
Using a novel tool, TNC scientists revealed the remarkable economic value the ocean generates for eastern Caribbean communities—including $6.3 million per year from whale and dolphin watching. See the Mapping Ocean Wealth tool in action.
Putting Nature to Work for Climate Readiness
Joining conservation with disaster-risk reduction, we helped develop nature-based action plans that empower communities to become stronger in the face of climate change. Meet the communities on a path to resilience.