Regional Consultation at Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week 2022: Developing a Caribbean Strategy for Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS)

Date: 20 and 21 July 2022

Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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At COP26, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) launched IRIS, an initiative to promote resilient, sustainable and inclusive infrastructure in SIDS. In the one-year inception period for IRIS, regional consultations are planned to re-engage with key SIDS stakeholders to identify regional infrastructure priorities and risks in the three SIDS region-Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean. The regional consultation for Caribbean region is proposed to be held during the LACCW.

The regional consultation will attempt to capture the critical challenges and significant opportunities for adopting resilient pathways for infrastructure development in the region. The consultation will focus on holding discussions with key Caribbean SIDS stakeholders to identify risks, infrastructure priorities and opportunities to develop a Caribbean regional strategy for IRIS. The consultation will also be a platform for SIDS stakeholders to provide inputs on the institutional and program frameworks for IRIS, in order to ensure an efficient delivery mechanism for implementing projects under this initiative.

Background

CDRI has been working closely with its members and SIDS representatives in co-creating Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS), an initiative dedicated to achieving sustainable development through a systematic approach to promote resilient, sustainable, and inclusive infrastructure in SIDS. Anchored on the key guiding principles of co-creation and complementarity, IRIS was launched at the World Leaders Summit at COP26 by the heads of states from India, UK, Australia, Jamaica, Mauritius and Fiji. IRIS is designed to provide technical support on multifaceted issues posed by infrastructure systems and promote disaster and climate resilience of infrastructure assets in SIDS.

Currently, as IRIS is being operationalized, it is crucial that it truly remains a SIDS led initiative and continues to be underpinned on the principles of co-creation and complementarity. This makes it imperative to have a platform for SIDS representatives and stakeholders to contribute to the operationalization process for effective delivery of IRIS goal and outcomes. To this end, a regional consultation focussed on Caribbean SIDS is proposed to:

  • Re-engage with SIDS stakeholders to identify gaps and opportunities for resilient infrastructure.
  • Understand the project landscape and identify no regret investment opportunities in the Caribbean SIDS.
  • Receive inputs from key SIDS stakeholders to develop a regional strategy for Caribbean islands under IRIS.
  • The regional consultation will therefore attempt to capture the critical challenges and significant opportunities for adopting resilient pathways for infrastructure development in Caribbean islands. The focus of the consultation will be to hold discussions with key SIDS stakeholders on the risks and infrastructure priorities and no regret investment opportunities in the Caribbean SIDS with the objective of developing a Caribbean regional strategy under IRIS. This will be a platform for stakeholders to contribute to the programs and activities of IRIS, in order to ensure an efficient delivery mechanism is in place for implementing disaster resilient infrastructure projects under IRIS.

    Tentative Format:

    The regional consultation will be organized in two parts in the following format:

    Part One: Side-event at LACCW 2022

    The first part of the regional consultation will be a moderated discussion with 15-20 key stakeholders from Caribbean SIDS at LACCW. The stakeholders will include infrastructure planning and governance, risk finance, climate and disaster resilience specialists and practitioners from government agencies, regional organisations, private sector and civil society organizations and academia with deep experience of working in SIDS. The focus of the discussion will be to understand the critical challenges and opportunities for infrastructure resilience and developing a Caribbean regional strategy under IRIS.

    Part Two: Full day event on the side-lines of LACCW 2022

    The second part of the regional consultation will be anchored on the key takeaways of the part one discussion and be organized in continuation to it on a different day. The expert roundtable consultation will focus on holding immersive discussions with key SIDS stakeholders on the risks and infrastructure priorities of Caribbean SIDS with the objective of developing a Caribbean regional strategy for resilient infrastructure development. The consultation will also be a platform for SIDS stakeholders to provide inputs on the institutional and program frameworks for IRIS, so as to ensure an efficient delivery mechanism for implementing projects under this initiative. The same set of stakeholders participating in part one will participate in this day long consultation as well.

    Part one: Side-event at LACCW Part two: Full day event on the side-lines of LACCW
    Type of event Moderated Discussion Expert Roundtable Consultation
    Date 20 July 2022 21 July 2022
    Duration 1 hour Full day
    Venue El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Santo Domingo (LACCW venue) Crowne Plaza, Santo Domingo