Building Resilient Cities

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, The Crown Ballroom

Overview

Based on Post-Disaster Needs Assessments conducted following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the affected BMCs will require almost USD800 million for recovery to “build back better”. With the primary economic, environmental, social and institutional activities being cradled within the confines of the Region’s cities, it is critical that focus be given to building their resilience.

CDB has learned many lessons from the completion of urban projects across the Caribbean Region over the past 40 years. Those lessons have informed the approach to its revamped Urban Sector Policy, Strategy and Operational Guidelines (USPSOG), the overarching goal of which is to catalyse support to BMCs in developing liveable, sustainable, safe, inclusive, resilient and smart urban areas. This goal is consistent with Sustainable Development Goal 11 which speaks to making cities, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

In the context of the urban environment, the critical areas that drive resilience are economy, governance, society and environment. The Resilient Cities Seminar will explore how CDB’s BMCs can build adaptive capacity through knowledge sharing and the identification of strategic responses for co-creating urban resilience within the Region. Further, the discussion will seek to provoke thoughts of building resilience through behaviour change and facilitate knowledge transfer through discussions on four of the seven USPSOG policy objectives – governance; social inclusion and security; mobility and infrastructure; and urban economy.

Chairperson

Gabby Crane
Team Lead, Regional Development Banks
Department for International Development

Panellists

Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit
Prime Minister
Commonwealth of Dominica

Hon. Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson
Premier & Minister of Finance
Turks and Caicos Islands

Dr. Janice Cumberbatch
Lecturer
Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus
Barbados

Leonard Francis
Director
Spatial Planning Division, National Environment and Planning Agency
Jamaica

Cavon White
Operations Officer
Caribbean Development Bank