Resilient Islands by design: Integrating ecosystem- and community-based approaches to enhance climate change adaptation in the Caribbean
As of: January 2022
As a result of sea-level rise and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the Caribbean is particularly at risk from the impacts of climate change. The project is supporting governments and communities in partner countries in their efforts to integrate the concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) with local, national and regional planning. The project is developing an innovative Adaptation Toolkit, which aims to improve decision-making for disaster management, in community planning and climate adaptation. By enabling the identification of locally tailored ecosystem- and community-based measures and their financing, the Toolkit will benefit thousands of individuals. The project is training local ‘Change Agents’, and preparing country-specific and political recommendations for action. Knowledge platforms and funding options ensure the onward transfer of model projects. The project is also providing support for implementation of the Caribbean Disaster Management strategy.
State of implementation/results
- The Caribbean Centre for Red Cross Disaster Risk Management (CADRIM) provided technical support and facilitation for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) training on legislative advocacy from May to July 2021. The objective of these trainings was to build capacity for the development and implementation of advocacy strategies that promote the mainstreaming and integration of ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction into the laws and policies of the project's target countries.
- Published in March 2021, the paper on "Shoreline Solutions: Guiding Efficient Data Selection for Coastal Risk Modeling and the Design of Adaptation Interventions" by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Institute of Marine Sciences, University California-Santa Cruz. The study was conducted in Old Harbor Bay, Jamaica, one of the sites of the Resilient Islands project. - Dominican Republic: As part of the planting and clean-up campaign, a lecture on ecosystems and climate change was held in Boca Del Rio. This was complemented by posters on ecosystems at key locations in the communities.
- The team in Grenada conducted education and awareness programmes in schools.
- Jamaica: The project informed students and teachers at Old Harbour Bay Primary School in June. The project team presented on topics such as ecosystems and the role they play in protecting coastal communities.