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Improving resilience of the education system to climate change impacts in the Eastern Caribbean region for Saint Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda

This technical assistance advances the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Quality education

Goal4
Name:
Quality education

Sustainable cities and communities

Goal11
Name:
Sustainable cities and communities

Climate action

Goal13
Name:
Climate action

Context

Saint Lucia is a Small Island Development State (SIDS), which is highly at risk from climate change, mainly due to its location along the North Atlantic hurricane corridor, its small surface area, geographic location and its economic reliance on tourism and agriculture, which are climate-sensitive factors. The country’s limited capacity to reconstruct and reactivate its economy after climate-related shocks renders it highly vulnerable. Because of its small geographic size and dependence on natural resources any extreme weather event can have national implications.

Currently, 87 out of Saint Lucia’s 103 public schools are designated as emergency shelters along with very few churches and human resource centers. The shelters are deemed insufficient in terms of structural conditions as well as in total capacity.

CTCN Support

Assist the Government to strategically asses the climate risk of school emergency shelters and appraise improvement measures that will allow the Government to submit a funding proposal to potential sources to implement these measures:

  • Conduct a technical assessment of distribution, location and state of up to 12 preidentified school emergency shelters
  • Calculate the costs of the technological and soft interventions necessary to increase the resilience of those schools as emergency shelters
  • Prepared a concept note to deploy the interventions identified and upscale the activities across the country as well as delivering recommendations for policy and standards to increase resilience of schools toward multiple disasters

Expected Impact

Improved resilience of local communities and human settlements to climate change by assessing and planning the implementation of technology and design options for the improvement of critical infrastructure, focusing specifically on the use of schools as emergency shelters for short and medium term multi-hazard risk cycle phases.