Resilient Islands by Design

Resilient Islands by Design

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. Moreover, climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) are a high priority for all governments in the Eastern Caribbean region.

While the Dominican Republic has prioritized climate change adaptation, challenges to implementation persist from insufficient baseline data to financial gaps. 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, of which can be seen within the Dominican Republic’s National Policy on Climate Change, Jamaica’s National Development Plan’s focus on hazard risk reduction and adaptation, and Grenada’s Strategic Plan that emphasizes the importance of strengthening ecological resilience through integrated disaster management.

This project will provide information on the potential impacts of flooding, the risk reduction benefits (social and ecological) of coastal habitats (i.e. reefs and mangroves), and offer demonstrations of the benefits of integrated EBA/CBA approaches to climate change adaptation (CCA). The demonstrations and promotion of key knowledge and successful experiences will cultivate political will among national governments to include such approaches in their respective plans and programming, and will help mainstream funding EBA solutions to climate adaptation. More generally, the project reinforces the roles of partner governments as leaders and champions of innovative approaches for meeting their adaptation, risk reduction and development goals.

While the focus of the on-the-ground interventions of the project is on three countries, the benefits derived from its implementation are intended to accrue to the entire region through the launch of the “Caribbean Resilience Coalition,” which will nurture linkages at both the national and regional scales between the DRR, community resilience, and natural resource management communities of practice to advocate for and implement EBA in vulnerable communities and increase the region’s ability to access funding flows devoted to climate change and DRR (e.g. the Green Climate Fund).

 

Focus Countries

 

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Together with key stakeholders include governments, communities, NGOs, and the private sector, TNC and IFRC will develop and test an innovative adaptation toolkit in the Dominican Republic that will promote better decision making around disaster risk management and climate adaptation.

Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines

Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines

 In the Eastern Caribbean, TNC is working with the government and people of Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helping strengthen national parks and protected area systems and developing sustainable finance and human capacity for effective environmental management.

Jamaica

Jamaica

Together with key stakeholders include governments, communities, NGOs, and the private sector, TNC and IFRC will develop and test an innovative adaptation toolkit in Jamaica that will promote better decision making around disaster risk management and climate adaptation.