CANARI (Caribbean Natural Resources Institute) and other members of the Green Economy Coalition launched the Santa Cruz Declaration on Local Green Enterprises– a global call to action from manufacturers, producers, business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators, and local communities in recognition of the vital importance of smaller businesses to addressing global challenges.

Originally drafted in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago on 3 November 2017, by a group of manufacturers, producers, business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators, local communities, and civil society from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mongolia, Peru, Saint Lucia, Senegal, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda. Twigs Naturals is one of the founding signatories to this agreement.

CANARI has developed the Local Green-Blue Enterprise Radar as a tool to help community enterprises to assess how they are delivering ‘triple-bottom-line’ economic, environmental and social benefits and opportunities for continued strengthening. Twigs Naturals has been assessed using this tool and a Case study has been written.


CANARI is a highly regarded, regional technical institute with over thirty years experience of research, policy influence and capacity building for participatory natural resource governance in the Caribbean. The Institute was established under its present name in 1989 but evolved out of a 1976 initiative of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources that became known as the Eastern Caribbean Natural Area Management Programme.