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Resilient Islands by design: Integrating ecosystem- and community-based approaches to enhance climate change adaptation in the Caribbean

As of: September 2021

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 launch events for the project in April 2018 in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and in June 2018 in Grenada were attended by over 160 country representatives.
  • Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) convened after the project launches in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic held various working sessions from April to August 2018.
  • Grenada becomes the first CARICOM country to complete its NAP in 2018. This plan increases the chances of success in implementing ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in Grenada through the Resilient Islands by Design project.
  • In December 2018, the Dominican government launches its Climate Action Plan to implement the NDCs, which identifies mitigation and adaptation measures and links them with sectors, resources and partners such as the TNC and IFRC in the Resilient Islands by Design project.
  • In Jamaica, the project works closely with the Red Cross (IFRC) and integrates an instrument into existing Red Cross work that can be used to quickly assess the strength of the legal and policy framework for EbA.

Project data

Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica

Implementing organisation:
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - International

Political partner(s):
  • Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF)
  • Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) - Caribbean
  • Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information - Grenada*
  • Ministry of Climate Resilience, The Environment, Forestry, Fisheries & Disaster Management - Grenada
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Dominican Republic
  • Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change - Jamaica
  • National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism - Dominican Republic

Implementing partner(s):
  • International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - Americas Regional Office

BMU grant:
5.000.000,00 €

07/2017  till  03/2022


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