The Caribbean has faced a number of devastating hurricanes in the last decade alone. Building resilience of local communities, associated livelihoods and ecosystems is a critical priority to reduce impacts from hurricanes and climate extremes and speed up recovery.  Ecosystem-based and community-based approaches which focus on conservation, sustainable management and restoration of natural ecosystems, and on engaging at-risk communities as part of the process to reduce disaster risk and help people and systems adapt, have become increasingly important.

From September 2019-September 2022, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) will undertake a 3-year project entitled “CSOs for Disaster Resilience: Empowering civil society and local communities to build resilience to hurricanes and climate extremes in the Eastern Caribbean.”  The project will focus on improving local resilience to hurricanes and climate extremes in the Eastern Caribbean, specifically targeting Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica and Grenada. It is funded by a US$350,000 grant from the Inter-American Foundation. See here for the project summary.

 Goal

The overall goal is to improve resilience for local communities, associated livelihoods and ecosystems to hurricanes and climate extremes in the Eastern Caribbean through implementing community-based and ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR/Eco-DRR).

Key Outputs and Activities

  • Strengthening CSOs to deliver integrated CBDRR and Eco-DRR: CANARI will update its ‘Implementing Climate Change Actions’ toolkit and conduct a regional training of trainers’ workshop and follow-up virtual training sessions to build technical capacity in the Eastern Caribbean for effectively planning and delivering integrated CBDRR and Eco-DRR solutions. Organisational strengthening of six partner CSOs in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada will be facilitated by CANARI and its mentor network including coaching, one-on-one training and peer exchanges. These actions will be informed by technical and organisational capacity assessments at the start of the project, and at the end to measure progress. 
  • Supporting practical DRR actions: Using criteria, six high-risk communities in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada will be identified as targets for practical actions to improve local resilience to hurricanes and other climate related disasters. Access to small grants, coaching and mentoring will be provided to support six partner CSOs to lead and conduct participatory vulnerability assessments and action planning to identify local priorities for DRR and resilience building; and use results to design and implement practical CBDRR/Eco-DRR projects with the target communities. 
  • Knowledge mobilisation and partnerships: this will be enhanced through mapping of resilience initiatives in the Eastern Caribbean to guide knowledge sharing and inform project design; development and dissemination of communication products on project results, lessons, best practices and innovations; and convening of a regional dialogue and Action Learning Group (ALG) to enhance strategic partnerships, policy and practice among CSOs, decision makers and donors for CBDRR, Eco-DRR and resilience building in Eastern Caribbean.

 

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For more information, please contact Candice Ramkissoon, Technical Officer at [email protected]

See related work under CANARI’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme