Travelling Post-COVID-19 can still be a challenging experience. This is another RESEMBID regional project that will work with four Caribbean islands to build resilience and response to the national visitor management systems in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao , St Maarten. This will include a Best Practice Guide for Tourism Stakeholders in Contagion Scenarios as well as capacity building for key supporting persons in the tourism sector of the participating Overseas Caribbean Territories (OCTs). This project will allow enable the safest way for tourism to continue on these beautiful islands! Implementing partner: The Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
In response to the global pandemic and the far-reaching implications for the small open economies of the OCTs, the RESEMBID team spontaneously created the Pandemic Resilience Response Facility. It was successfully launched on 5th April 2020. In record time, the Facility earmarked flexibly €10 million specifically to fund pandemic Resilience response actions for all the 12 OCTs. It was structured as a purpose-designed, fast-track, flexible response tool for the OCTs to confront the challenges of responding to the pandemic. It incorporates a degree of derogation and delegation granted by the European Union and Expertise France to enable rapid response and agile, [...]
How do we support Marine Biodiversity ? Marine ecosystems provide critical services to the people of the OCTs. Without adequate protection, conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of marine ecosystems, these services will no longer be able to withstand the increasing pressures from climate change and growing demands on marine resources from increasing populations and tourists visiting the islands. RESEMBID is taking a holistic, people and environment-centred approach to its marine biodiversity programming, by: • putting the OCTs’ diverse Marine Biodiversity stakeholders at the centre of all activities and initiatives, • using applied science to help provide evidence for improved policies, planning [...]
How do we support sustainable Energy? Though many Caribbean OCTs have made significant strides in reducing their fossil fuel dependency, energy rates remain high in the region. RESEMBID seeks to support their thrust to deliver resilient energy services to their respective local populations – which means : • increased capacity and competency of the people of the OCTs to utilize and maintain innovative technologies • contributing to low carbon development locally and regionally. RESEMBID will: • provide substantive technical assistance through multiple channels including the provision of technical training in energy efficiency and renewable energy • commission feasibility studies and commission [...]
Why resilience ? The Caribbean region is subject to recurrent natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and droughts – made worse climate change combined with vulnerable economies. The capacity to cope with these extreme events is limited for most OCTs so there is a need to: • reduce structural vulnerability • increase the resilience of economic infrastructure and fragile coastal ecosystems to extreme recurrent natural events. Support to resilience at all levels is also an integral part of the new 2017 European Consensus on Development.