C-CHANGE    Managing Adaptation to Environmental Change in Coastal Communities: Canada and the Caribbean


Brief Description:
The project develops local community capacity designed to close the gaps between ongoing and anticipated environmental change, and the urgent need for coastal communities to foster and maintain their physical, economic, cultural, and social well-being.  C-Change seeks to enhance community resilience through improved planning for adaptation. This may require mobilizing new knowledge and the development of new policy and management measures consistent with established local context and strategic planning.  The focus is on immediate and downstream consequences to coastal communities of the insidious effects of sea level rise and the potential catastrophic impacts of extreme weather events.  C-Change acknowledges that capacity for planning adaptation and emergency preparedness must be integrated within the local context of the community using available scientific, management, and institutional governance arrangements. This project links community members and university researchers from Canada and the Caribbean region in support of applied research on coastal adaptation to environmental change from the impacts of storms and sea-level rise on susceptible coastal communities.

El proyecto desarrolla las capacidades de comunidades para cerrar las brechas entre el cambio ambiental actual y anticipado, y la necesidad urgente para que las comunidades costeras fomenten y mantengan su bienestar físico, económico, cultural y social. C-Change busca mejorar la resiliencia de la comunidad a través de una mejor planificación para la adaptación. Esto puede requerir la movilización de nuevos conocimientos y el desarrollo de nuevas políticas y medidas de gestión coherentes con el contexto local establecido y la planificación estratégica. La atención se centra en las consecuencias inmediatas y aguas abajo para las comunidades costeras de los efectos insidiosos del aumento del nivel del mar y los posibles impactos catastróficos de los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos. C-Change reconoce que la capacidad para planificar la adaptación y la preparación para emergencias debe integrarse dentro del contexto local de la comunidad utilizando los arreglos científicos, administrativos y de gobernanza institucional disponibles. Este proyecto vincula a miembros de la comunidad e investigadores universitarios de Canadá y la región del Caribe en apoyo de la investigación aplicada sobre la adaptación costera al cambio ambiental de los impactos de las tormentas y el aumento del nivel del mar en las comunidades costeras susceptibles.
Lead Organization : UWI, Trinidad and Tobago Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
Donor: IDRC / SALISES (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
Project ID: 104518-013
Geographic Scope: Multicountry (global)
Project Status: Completed
   Last Update: 06/01/2021

Start Date: 2011
End Date: 2015
Project Profile Manager: Patrick Watson
Contact Email: Patrick.watson@sta.uwi.edu
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Partners: Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa, OECS, World Resources Institute
Grant (USD): $725,453.00
Total co-financing (USD): $0.00
(Co) financing not originating from GEF:
Participating Country(s):
 Belize  Canada  Guyana  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Trinidad and Tobago
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