Lessons Learned from the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Leadership Academy
For three days in 2014, teams from coastal or low-lying cities in Latin America and the Caribbean met in Santo Domingo for a workshop on increasing their resilience to the impacts of climate change. This document captures lessons learned and possible solutions identified by participants.
Participants were drawn from city agencies and the service sectors. This event was carried out through the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) program, which is part of USAID’s Climate Change Resilient Development project. CRIS is working with cities in developing countries and USAID Missions to increase the climate resilience of physical infrastructure.
The workshop highlighted innovative measures that select cities are taking that could be replicated by other cities in the region.
Participants grouped common challenges into six categories: informal settlements, collaboration and coordination, data issues, stakeholder engagement, compliance and enforcement and maintaining continuity across turnover in government.
They agreed on five proposed solutions, outlined in the document, that address funding, education, coordinated action, consideration of a wide range of adaptation measures and integrating efforts into existing initiatives. Participants highlighted a range of needs to facilitate these actions, including more technical support. They agreed to collaborate further and listed other next steps.
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Geography:Latin America & Caribbean