Nicole Leotaud

Nicole Leotaud

Executive director
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute

Nicole Leotaud is executive director of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), a regional technical non-profit institute that has worked across the islands of the Caribbean for nearly 30 years to facilitate and promote participatory natural resource management.  

Nicole is a conservation biologist with over twenty years of experience in natural resource management in the Caribbean. She has successfully facilitated participatory multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral policy and planning processes involving government agencies, NGOs, CBOs, communities and private business interests. She has conducted training and other capacity building for government and civil society stakeholders, including in participatory natural resource management, organisational development, strategic planning, project management, proposal development and monitoring and evaluation.

She has represented Caribbean civil society perspectives in global policy processes of the United Nations. Nicole’s work focuses on biodiversity conservation, green economy, rural livelihoods, climate change and disaster risk reduction, and civil society empowerment. Nicole is passionate about working with rural communities to help them to develop sustainable livelihoods and improve their quality of life.