Description of project

Climate change impacts, including more extreme weather, coastal erosion and sea level rise, pose a critical challenge for coastal communities across Trinidad and Tobago. However, currently there is limited data and technical capacity to support robust vulnerability and impact assessments and inform the planning and implementation of relevant climate actions and coastal management responses.

To address this gap, the ‘Integrating digital technologies and participatory tools to support coastal community resilience in Trinidad and Tobago (Tech4CoastalResilience)’ project is being implemented by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Fisheries Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries, Tobago House of Assembly from March 2023 – December 2024. The project seeks to apply innovative digital technologies (e.g. GIS and drone technology) using participatory approaches to better engage coastal communities and capture local knowledge for a more in-depth understanding of local vulnerabilities and priorities for climate change adaptation and coastal zone management. It will also help to resource and build the capacity of key management agencies for uptake of digital technologies and participatory tools and integration of local and scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice.

It is funded under the ‘Harnessing Innovative Technologies to Support Resilience Settlements on the Coastal Zones of the Caribbean (HIT RESET Caribbean) ‘ project (EuropeAid/166663/IH/ACT/MULTI) with the support of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the financial contribution of the European Union (EU).

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Key outcomes

The expected outcome is improved resilience of vulnerable coastal communities in Trinidad and Tobago through inclusive and evidence-based decision-making.

Key outputs

  • At least 3 suitable digital technologies will be identified and 2 participatory tools will be refined/developed to apply digital technologies for participatory and evidence-based prediction, planning and management for coastal community resilience.
  • At least 4 coastal management agencies and 10 local community groups will be engaged in process and demonstrate enhanced knowledge and skills in use of digital technologies and participatory tools.
  • Innovative digital technologies and participatory tools will be tested in up to 10 coastal communities
  • Roadmap and recommendations for adoption and scaling use of digital technologies and participatory tools will be developed to support more inclusive and evidence-based decision-making for coastal community resilience.

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For further information, contact Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer at [email protected].

See related work under CANARI’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme and Coastal and Marine Livelihoods and Governance Programme.


Photo: Moruga community mapping to assess climate vulnerability,  Credit CANARI