Dominica boosts gender-responsive climate resilience with Canada’s support

Dominica is set to benefit from a gender-responsive approach to climate change resilience, thanks to a collaboration between the Dominica National Conservation Trust Fund (DNCTF), the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

The initiative is part of the Caribbean Organizations for a Resilient Environment (CORE) project, which aims to enhance the resilience of vulnerable groups to climate change across eight Caribbean territories over the next four years, ending in July 2027. The project, valued at CAD $13.4M, is co-financed by GAC and the CBF, contributing CAD $8M and CAD $5.4M respectively.

The need for such an initiative is underscored by the fact that climate change impacts men and women differently, and gender inequality remains a pressing issue in the Caribbean. The region is up to seven times more likely to experience a natural disaster than other states, and when disasters strike, they can cause up to six times more damage. Addressing gender gaps can not only spur economic growth but also enhance climate resilience.

In support of the CORE project, Christian DaSilva, GAC Head of Cooperation and lead for Canada’s Caribbean Regional Development Program, visited the DNCTF to understand more about their work and potential conservation and climate change projects in Dominica. The DNCTF is one of the 11 partner national conservation trust funds of the CBF and a key beneficiary of the CORE project. It will receive capacity building to enhance gender equality in its operations and facilitate the delivery of grant funding via the Gender Smart Facility financing mechanism.

A meeting was held with local stakeholders, including representatives from various ministries, the Dominica National Council of Women, One Good Deed, GEMS Foundation, WUSC Caribbean – World University Service of Canada, NDFD – National Development Foundation of Dominica Ltd, and local entrepreneurs. The open forum provided insights into stakeholder ideas for relevant climate change interventions in Dominica, with contributions from participants interested in reforestation, climate-smart agriculture, marine conservation, and leveraging natural resources to provide livelihood opportunities.

Following robust discussions, the team visited farms primarily managed by women in Morne Prosper. The visit allowed the attendees to identify challenges impacting biodiversity from climatic and non-climatic stressors, and possible opportunities for gender-responsive climate action solutions.

The CORE Project will be implemented in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname. The project aims to increase the resilience of vulnerable groups in these countries, with beneficiaries including Conservation Trust Funds, Women’s Rights Organizations, Environmental Organizations, and Youth Organizations.

For more information about the CBF’s efforts to preserve and protect the natural resources of the Caribbean region, visit the CBF’s website.

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  1. February 1, 2024

    Are we really taking gender advice from Canada of all places where you can actually face legal penalties for saying men are not women?? What in the world does “climate change” even have to do with gender? Why are we just accepting these ridiculous agendas being pushed on us by these insane Godless countries?? Our economy is collapsing and this is what you all want to be focusing on??

  2. We Know Better
    February 1, 2024

    This is money but it’s all hogwash. Please work hard for you money and don’t accept money with strings attached to address a new problem that Canada has with gender. Technically, it’s their big brother America using Canada as the front just like they trying to use Kenya forces in Haiti to achieve their end results without their face on it. If you accept you have just signed on to Canada’s home grown gender issues that you do not have.

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  3. Dreadidiah
    January 31, 2024

    What in the word does gender have to do with climate? Aks I aksing. The article said that “climate change impacts men and women differently”. Please explicate: Does wind blow harder on men? Or women? How does that make sense? If the roof of a house blows off, do women get wetter? Or men? Aks I aksing. I’m trying to make sense of the article but that is really difficult.

    “gender inequality remains a pressing issue in the Caribbean”. Is that why out of 13 permanent secretaries in Dominica, 10 are women? Aks I aksing.

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    • Channel One
      February 1, 2024

      @Dreadidiah – This so-called ‘gender equality’ ideas are nothing more than well-orchestrated schemes to destabilize society by engineering the male figure out of society and replace it with FEMALE SUPREMACISM.

      Thankfully, women & men with sense and objective critical thinking skills are not easily duped by the propagandists & agents of these deluded agendas.

    • BS
      February 2, 2024

      Both of them are BS. The climate change agenda is just as ridiculous as the gender agenda. It’s politics overriding science and logic and just more excuses for governments and “NGOs” (really just government by another name) to funnel money into the pockets of them and their friends in power.

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