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Caribbean Coastal Resilience Forum

Date: 26 Sep 2017 to 27 Sep 2017

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Nassau, Bahamas

The goal of Caribbean Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF) is to bring together key stakeholders who will drive policy that will scale up climate resilient coastal zone management in The Caribbean region by utilizing innovation, best practices and partnerships that leverage natural capital. Climate-resilient coastal management is an ecosystem-based approach that incorporates integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), climate adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk management and science-based coastal infrastructure.

Why Now?

The growing awareness among public and private sector leaders in the Caribbean concerning the impacts to the coast (erosion), environmental quality decline and socioeconomic impacts caused by climate change (such as sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes) is spurring innovation. This demand for innovation from island states that are highly dependent on coastal ecosystems holds promise for more effective approaches for improving coastal resilience. Increasingly, people are turning to nature as the first line of defense for coastal protection and as an engine of economic growth because, compared to hard infrastructure designed for a single purpose, natural systems provide a variety of benefits while being more adaptive to change. The practice of integrated coastal zone management in the Caribbean has been fragmented and many initiatives are first generation, varying from island to island. Emerging evidence of best practice shows that the approach requires investments in policy, science and human capacity; consideration of the full range of pressures and interactions driving coastal health; robust public-sector management for conflicting uses, overlapping jurisdictions, enforcement and monitoring; participatory approaches and integration of climate change science and public-private (PPP) partnerships.

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