Port of Spain, July 31, 2023 – The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has published a technical report presenting findings from research assessing the extent to which 412 public sector COVID-19 recovery initiatives were designed to contribute to a transition towards more green, inclusive and resilient development in the Caribbean.

The severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Caribbean economies, businesses and livelihoods compounded existing development challenges and vulnerabilities in the region. Households and poor and marginalised groups, particularly women and those in the informal economy, suffered the harshest effects. Immediate COVID-19 relief programmes focused on health measures, social protection and support for businesses. But there was a need for COVID-19 recovery to address COVID-19 as part of multiple interlinked crises caused by climate change, biodiversity collapse and socio-economic-related threats to development. Across the world there were calls for recovery initiatives be used as an opportunity to ‘rethink’ or ‘reimagine’ development through stimulus packages designed to support ‘building back better’ to address interconnected crises.

But to what extent were Caribbean recovery initiatives actually designed to support transformation to more environmentally sustainable, just, fair and resilient Caribbean economic development?

CANARI’s research was conducted with financial assistance from the European Union (DCI/ENV/2020/417-985), the MAVA Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.

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