Resilient Islands is an initiative to help Caribbean islands cope with the impacts of climate change by promoting the protection of coastal habitats to reduce risks, and by providing communities and governments with the tools to implement sustainable development plans that prioritize nature. The Nature Conservancy and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) work with communities and governments to design innovative decision tools, train local leaders, integrate ecosystem based adaptation strategies into national policies and implement demonstration projects in vulnerable coastal areas.
Resilient Islands in the Dominican Republic
The project team works with the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (NCCC), and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to integrate ecosystem-based adaptation into the Dominican Republic’s National Policy on Climate Change (Decree 269-15). This national policy prioritizes climate change adaptation actions that preserve ecosystems and natural resources and protect vulnerable communities.
Through Resilient Islands, the government of the Dominican Republic will have a clear pipeline of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) projects for one to three coastal communities. Government agencies, partners and the selected communities will benefit from:
- A vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA) to understand their specific areas of risk
- A checklist of EBA actions for the community
- A guide for how to adapt community planning tools to integrate EBA solutions
- A mobile app for community resilience planning
- Locally-selected, site-specific EBA demonstration projects and model sites that enhance coastal resilience and provide lessons learned for the entire nation
Through the project, Fondo Marena, a national NGO and trust fund, will have access to the information and training needed to prioritize investments in coastal habitats that help decrease the vulnerability of climate change of the communities they work in.