Resilient Islands by Design

Carriacou, Grenada, boat building. Photo credit: Marjo Aho, The Nature Conservancy

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean are among the world’s most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and is the second most hazard-prone area in the world, facing significant annual losses from hurricanes, tropical storms, and cyclones. While these losses are expected to grow with increased storm frequency and intensity, ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) and significantly reduce risk and avert economic losses. Together with key stakeholders include governments, communities, NGOs, and the private sector, TNC and IFRC will develop and test an innovative adaptation toolkit that will promote better decision making around disaster risk management and climate adaptation.



In Grenada, the project team will work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries, and Environment to help realize various aspects of the Strategic Plan’s integrated approaches for EBA while complementing on-going initiatives (being led by GIZ and others) through the provision of additional training and capacity building of relevant personnel where appropriate (and in coordination with related existing activities, e.g. those under the GIZ initiative), and the implementation of tailored new EBA/CBA solutions.

Anse la Roche turtle nesting bay on Carriacou, Grenada

The team will work in at least two new communities that have previously been identified as highly vulnerable and in need of adaptation action to implement a set of EBA solutions:

  1. Grenville Bay water quality community based remediation
  2. Soubise Fisher facility