Seminars and Conferences

Caribbean Urbanism: Re-Imagining Resilience

Caribbean Urbanism: Re-Imagining Resilience

Thursday, March 25, 2021
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Caribbean economies to contract by 3 percent in 2020, with further economic contraction expected due to the effects of climate change. In addition, hurricane season is only a few months away, which means that Caribbean nations, in particular those heavily dependent on tourism, will suffer additional losses in agriculture, livelihoods, and productivity.

Given this important moment, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s Caribbean Initiative, in collaboration with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, is pleased to invite you to participate in the Caribbean Initiative’s first forum, Caribbean Urbanism: Re-Imagining Resilience, which will focus on innovative ways to finance climate change adaptation. The Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, will open the discussion as she is a formidable spokesperson for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the challenges they face as a result of climate change.

This forum will initiate a multi-stakeholder engagement process between Caribbean and US stakeholders as well as other interested partners in their efforts to develop pan-Caribbean projects that can benefit from new and innovative financial instruments. This financing is essential for disaster preparedness and sustainability in the Caribbean’s new green and blue economies.

Join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EDT, for this special discussion.

This timely event is part of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s Caribbean Initiative. Follow the initiative’s recent and upcoming events on our webpage and on social media @ACLatAm.

Opening Remarks
Vicki Assevero
Senior Fellow, Caribbean Initiative, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Keynote Remarks
The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley
Prime Minister

Kathy Baughman McLeoud
Director, Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council

Panel Moderator
Daniel C. Esty
Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy

Amy Chester

Managing Director
Rebuild by Design

Ben Goldsmith 
Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust

Orisha Joseph
Executive Director 
Sustainable Grenadines, Inc.

Dr. Michelle Mycoo
Professor of Geomatics Engineering and Land Managment
University of the West Indies

Closing Remarks
Melanie Chen
Member, Board of Directors
Atlantic Council

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About the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations through high-impact work that shapes the conversation among policymakers, the business community, and civil society. The Center focuses on Latin America’s strategic role in a global context with a priority on pressing political, economic, and social issues that will define the trajectory of the region now and in the years ahead. Select lines of programming include: Venezuela’s crisis; Mexico-US and global ties; China in Latin America; Colombia’s future; a changing Brazil; Central America’s trajectory; Caribbean development; commercial patterns shifts; energy resources; and disinformation. Jason Marczak serves as Center Director.

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