The Resilient Islands (RI) Project is a four-year Initiative (2017-2021) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and is being implemented in the Caribbean territories of Grenada, Dominican Republic and Jamaica and is focused on assisting these countries to adapt to climate change by incorporating community based approaches and prioritizing the benefits of natural ecosystems to reduce communities’ vulnerability and enhance their resilience.
The RI Project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under the International Climate Initiative (IKI), was launched in Jamaica on April 12, 2018 and has since made considerable strides in expanding the JRC’s risk reduction reach to local communities, in recognition of the intrinsic link between human well-being and that of the natural environment and the understanding that “when we care for nature, we also care for humanity”.
Under the RI Project, the JRC in partnership working with TNC has achieved the following:
New York Climate Week 2020
World Wetlands Day: Blue Guide to Coastal Resilience Launch, 2021
Roadmap to Community Resilience (R2R): Jamaicanizing the R2R Approach, 2021
The Resilient Islands Project is scheduled to conclude in 2021, however there are still remaining deliverables to be achieved under the Project in the Old Harbour Community. These include the development of the Old Harbour Bay Resilience Action Plan, small scale micro-projects and implementation of nature-based solutions. The RI Project will also be strengthening the existing Community Emergency Response Team in Old Harbour Bay through capacity building and the provision of resources.
The Jamaica Red Cross will also seek to continue accompanying, enabling and connecting the Old Harbour Community in its resilience building journey, long after the RI Project has officially ended and will also seek to replicate the RI Approach where possible. Ecosystem based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation are now firm pillars of the JRC’s risk reduction efforts and will no doubt be expanded upon as we continue to serve vulnerable communities.