Application statusBudgetFund durationGrant sizeHow to accessThemeType of support
Closed€25.67 million2019- November 2023Tailor made financing for applicantsCalls for proposalsSustainability & BiodiversityGrants


The Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity Programme (RESEMBID) supports the sustainable human development efforts of the 12 Caribbean OCTs, namely: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, and Saint-Barthélemy.

Thematic Priorities

The thematic priorities of the Programme are: resilience, sustainable energy and marine biodiversity. The economies of the OCTs are disproportionately reliant on tourism and imported fossil fuels, and are highly exposed to extreme weather events – particularly tropical cyclones. The insular situation of the islands and particular confluence of factors render OCTs highly vulnerable areas. The Programme aims to reduce structural vulnerability and increase resilience of the economic infrastructure and fragile coastal ecosystems of the islands.

The three core objectives of the Programme are therefore designed to support the effort of the OCTs to address or mitigate these vulnerabilities. These are:

  • To increase energy efficiency of infrastructure with high impact on energy consumption;
  • To improve protection and sustainable management of the OCTs marine biodiversity; and
  • To increase the resilience of Caribbean OCTs to adapt to extreme and recurrent natural events.

The Program is financed under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean OCT Regional Programme, and is being implemented by Expertise France. The Prime Minister of Sint Maarten has been designated Regional Authorising Officer (RAO) for the 11th EDF Caribbean Regional Programme, and as such represents the 12 Caribbean OCTs vis-à-vis the EU. The RAO liaises with national authorities and other stakeholders of the Caribbean OCTs and plays a key role in information-sharing and knowledge management.

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