Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, made landfall on the island of Dominica on September 18, 2017, causing widespread devastation.


At a Glance

Dominica is part of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean Regional Mission, which also includes Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Grenadines and St. Vincent, Guyana, Suriname, Grenada, Tobago, Trinidad, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

The geography of the Caribbean makes it vulnerable to Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms, whose intensity is projected to increase with climate change. Small island communities are also susceptible to salt intrusion into freshwater sources making the region highly vulnerable to rising sea level.  USAID’s work in the region aims to raise stakeholder awareness of climate change and facilitate the consideration of climate change in national development planning, the transition to renewable energy, and community preparedness to strengthen the long-term viability of the small island nations in the region.

Funding and Key Indicators

USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)


$3 Million


$3 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2020)

74,243 (2020)

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Climate Change Information

Dominica Photo Gallery

Stories from the Area

Two examples of infrastructure development demonstrate how investment in planning and engineering design, that is considerate of future climate conditions, can result in more resilient infrastructure outcomes.