Dominica - Integrating Climate Change aspects in Dominica’s Land Use Policy and Physical Development Planning

Context: 

The Government of Dominica, with technical and financial support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), started in February 2013 to prepare a new National Land Use Policy (NLUP) as well as a National Physical Development Plan (NPDP). However, climate change aspects have not been adequately integrated in the terms of reference of the CDB mission in charge of developing these policy papers. The Physical Planning Division of Dominica therefore requested a first CSF assistance mission in April 2013 to carry out a national vulnerability assessment study and provide guidelines and recommendations on how to integrate climate change into the NLUP and NPDP.

To further enhance the outcomes of the first CSF assistance and the new NLUP/NPDP, the Physical Planning Division requested a second CSF assistance mission in July 2014.

To organise a targeted Multi-Stakeholder Capacity-Building Process consisting of one national kick-off seminar and six workshops for capacity-building on climate change. The kick-off seminar and the six workshops allowed a structured dialogue among partners and helped to inform and empower stakeholders with updates and brainstorming of ideas and aspirations on the integration of CC aspects into sector strategies.

Objectives: 

Ensure adequate integration of Climate Change aspects in Dominica’s land use policy and physical development planning in order to reduce the vulnerability of Dominica’s population to negative effects of Climate Change, as well as consultation and empowerment of all concerned stakeholders in order to integrate those into their own sector strategies.

Results: 

The CSF team of experts carried out a mission of 3 weeks in order to carry out a vulnerability and risk assessment.

The mission included a review of relevant documents, field assessments and mapping of the situation and the organisation of a workshop in order to discuss the prioritisation of the identified measures.

The vulnerability assessment focused on the three main threats in Dominica : sea level rise, floodings and landslides. All relevant stakeholders were consulted and the CSF expert is currently finalising his report and recommendations for the NLUP and NPDP.

A follow-up mission was then implemented to organise 7 conferences and workshops. In total, capacity building to assume different aspects related to climate change have been reinforced for more than 200 national participants. Moreover, a methodology of a follow-up and assessment regarding climate change in the Land Use Policy and Physical Development Planning has been submitted to the beneficiary in order to evaluate the impact in the future.