The role of local government in building resilience highlighted

Joseph Isaac addressing a National Climate Resilience Consultation for local government bodies

Minister for Climate Resilience, Disaster Management, Environment and Urban Renewal, Joseph Isaac has urged village councils to take up their play in building resilience.

Isaac was addressing a National Climate Resilience Consultation for local government bodies which was held at the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Building on Wednesday.

The consultation was organized by the Department of Local Government and Community Development.

The main objective of the consultation is to ascertain the role of councils in building community resilience and create the enabling environment for the development of climate related projects.

“The issue of climate resilience will therefore involve significant training across the board and also the sharing of knowledge at the community level,” Isaac said. “It will therefore require leadership and participation of everyone involved.”

According to the minister, the four major components for the building of climate resilience anywhere in the world are financial resilience, the environmental and the physical aspect, that is, building infrastructure networks and also housing.

 He challenged participants to develop practical action plans for actually starting off “a revolution” of building resilience at the community level.

Isaac called on all the village councils, town councils and city councils to enforce the laws.

“Our Physical Planning Division has its part to play but at the community level, in order for us to ensure that we get compliance, we must enforce the laws,” he stated. “Because we will be trying to do one thing at the local government level and the central government level and at the people level, they might be building homes that are not up to par.”

Isaac added, “Therefore we can’t only blame them, but we have to blame the entire community, the entire institution across Dominica when these things happen.”

He regarding the matter of of building resilience at the environmental level and specifically in our ecosystems, everyone in Dominica should participate in planting a tree and ensuring that the environment is protected.

Catherine Daniel

Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs Catherine Daniel said this event is timely and fitting since it can work in cohesion with International Family Day.

Daniel said the forum provides the opportunity to get different views and discuss various ideas among local government practitioners on important areas, “confronting local government and the overall advancement of our people.”

She said the issues of environmental management, housing, quality infrastructure, disaster management, climate change and caring for elderly and needy, “are important matters that we must collectively find solutions for.”

Meantime, Local Government Commissioner, Glenroy Toussaint said it is envisaged that the wealth of information that will be disseminated will enable the councils, to facilitate more informed decisions on matters relating to climate resilience and disaster management.

He encouraged councilors and clerks to participate fully in the exercise and to be an agent for change in their quest in building a more resilient community.

Toussaint commended the local government practitioners who he said, have been working tirelessly towards the development of their communities.

The event was held under the theme: “Strengthening Community Resilience through Local Government.”

Glenroy Toussaint


Participants at consultation

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  1. viewsxpressed
    May 18, 2019

    “Joseph Isaac has urged village councils to take up their play in building resilience.” Joseph, the jumping Jack to Labour corrupt company, please stop making this political clown of yourself. We understand that you are singling and lecturing for your supper, but there will always be “that Last Supper”. Please, you and Skerrit, do not attempt to lecture on Resilience and Dominica. You have positioned yourself in the abyss of Skerrit and yo find away to get out, resiliency wise. You must be ashamed now to be part of this corrupt Labour group. They have failed us and its leader Skerrit has been this big disappointment with all this so called doctored “Doctor” rubbish, appears the only fame he has.
    Skerrit must Go. Get Lost with his failed incompetent corrupt Labour failed government.
    We welcome Hon Lennox Linton and his Professional UWP Team Dominica,
    Dominicans go out, talk to your family and go vote to kick Skerrit and his failed labour clowns out of Government. DLP has…

  2. The Evangelist
    May 17, 2019

    I just cannot understand how people allowing Satan to use them like that boy. JI had a bright future ahead of him as Parlrep of Roseau Central and Deputy leader of UWP, just a little bit of patience only the sky would be his limit and somehow the man allowed Satan to trick him and deceive him, just because he loves money too much. Man you are so embarrassing that I am literally afraid for you and your future because Judas Iscarriot did the same and his later days were not good. Sadly you worse than Judas because he did have an example of how a good man could allow Satan to bribe him man. You know better as both your first and last name should remind you of the bible man. How shameful!

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 17, 2019

    There is a patios word “sot” when I was a kid and someone refer to me as sot, that brought tears to my eyes; fact is I was never a stupid (sot translate into stupid or foolish).
    My comments and  question to you is simply this: You keep on babbling about building resilience, government is building resilience; can you give me the definition of the term “building resilience” and the method and scientific technology you are using to built “resilience!”

    Let me remind you that the dictionary definition for resilience, or resilient simply means something which bends out of it original shape, and return to its original shape!
    “Can’t be damage.”
    Show me an architectural drawing: “blue print” which exists in Dominica only, which government use to build houses that hurricane, fire, flood, or an earthquake cannot destroy in five seconds.

    Man you are a disgrace, you would have served a better purpose in the opposition, all you are doing  is helping to destroy Dominica!

  4. Didymus
    May 17, 2019

    that’s the reason skerrit hire Isaac so that he can kill his career. skerrit know well Isaac is a crook so he change the constituency in which Isaac won under UWP so that he can loose re-election.its hard to keep a crook around you. if a woman cheat with you on her man you won’t in return take her as your main woman because what comes around goes around and now Labor supporter will not trust Isaac because of his history of not being loyal if they vote for him he may cross over back to UWP. am sure he have a speech written to justify his return action.I just went in to learn about skerrit.get out of there bro.

  5. %
    May 16, 2019

    JI the crook . It’s do sad to see what greed can do to a human being!!!!
    Your loser!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  6. Alibabar & His Forty Thieves
    May 16, 2019

    JI, which also means Judas Iscariot, if I were you I would shut up because NO one trusts you. You Blew it man.
    Anyways Judas, The new role of local government in building resilience is for the government to go and hide thousands if not millions of dollars, in village counsels that are painted in RED, only to hear them say somebody TEETH the money and call police to investigate what they already know what happen, while top supporters getting the portion. Is this what we call The role of local government in building resilience?

    • Pipo
      May 17, 2019

      Yes Joseph, nobody will ever trust you again. All that for a mess of potage. Was it worth it?

  7. REAL!!!!
    May 16, 2019

    Isaac your political career is done….All because of GREED!!!!

    You have a few months to see how much monies you can get from DLP Cabal.

    Wasted Talent and Brain!!!!!

    Skerrit has outsmarted you.

  8. %
    May 16, 2019

    JI the crook, you are so useless. You all have corrupted and polluted every institution, including village council’s. What a shame!
    How many of the 1000 000 trees are planted JI the crook?
    Danny will skin you like a frog in Roseau North!!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

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