Boats used for REA marine survey expedition, Pedro Bank, Jamaica.

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.


Nathalie Zenny, Pedro Bank project manager, observes the shallow coral flats of Pedro Bank with survey teammate, Jamaica.



The project team will work with the Climate Change Division, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change to align activities with the National Development Plan for Jamaica: Vision 2030 (2009) which includes a National Outcome of “Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change”.

By 2020, the government of the Jamaica will have a clear pipeline of EBA projects sequently, the communities will: conduct a vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA), create a checklist of EBA approaches for the community, write a guide for how to adapt community planning tools to integrate EBA solutions, and generate a mobile app for community resilience planning.