ODI Post 2017 Caribbean hurricanes report urges diligence in rebuilding long-term resiliency moving forward
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in its January 2018 post hurricane report on the Caribbean urges regional countries severely impacted by Hurricane’s Irma and Maria in 2017 to be diligent and resolute in the rebuilding process and that long-term resiliency in the midst of trying times is needed moving forward.
The briefing paper is stated to have been prepared to help policymakers and practitioners strengthen recovery in the Caribbean after the disastrous 2017 hurricanes, when islands like Dominica and Barbuda were left virtually destroyed.
The paper goes on to assert that the challenges for promoting a more resilient Caribbean Basin need to be carefully considered. Structural issues and deficiencies such as the weak enforcement of building codes; economic activities that undermine fragile coastal ecosystems (sand barging and dredging which contributes to beach erosion, and on the other land accretion without proper environmental assessments); the vulnerable nature of Caribbean economies to global economic shock that impacts fiscal capacity; and the overall governance challenges, will all need to be addressed moving forward, the researchers have made clear.
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