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Policy Brief: Planning for resilience: an integrated approach to tackle climate change in the Caribbean

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  • NU. CEPAL. Sede Subregional para el Caribe
UN symbol.: LC/CAR/2020/1 9 p. Editorial: ECLAC, Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean July 2020


The Caribbean subregion is exceptionally vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. Vulnerability is a key multidimensional concept at the heart of resilience building, relating to each country’s multiple spatial and socioeconomic risks and conditions. In fact, due to its geographical location and concentration of population and activities in low-lying coastal areas, the Caribbean is the second most hazard-prone region in the world...Moreover, impacts of extreme weather events on Caribbean small economies are of national proportions. For example, in the hurricane season of 2017, the total cost of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the British Virgin Islands and in Sint Maarten exceeded their respective national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (ECLAC, 2019).