Dominica – The World’s First Climate-Resilient Nation Hurricane Maria caused huge damage to Dominica in September 2017 and partly as a result of this, the Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a promise that the Caribbean nation would become the first climate-resilient country in the world. “My design fits right into that,” Edwards explained. “It’s a full solid concrete building, it’s very hurricane-resistant. It’s also eco-friendly. We’ve used a lot of cisterns to collect rainwater, we will be using all the grey water as well for watering plants.” Edwards is an architect and developer who has done a lot of work on the neighbouring Caribbean island of Anguilla and was able to fund some of the initial investment for Tranquility Beach, but the remaining finance came from Dominica’s CBI Programme. “Without the CBI, it would be very difficult for us to get these projects done on the island,” he said. CBI is also an integral part of Dominica’s economy and as such allows the government to fund and build infrastructure projects that are crucial to the citizens of the island nation. Edwards explained just how important CBI is to Dominicans. “I’ve seen the tears on people’s eyes who received keys to their climate-resilient homes, I’ve never seen that in any of the islands where a government could actually give homes to their citizens. The CBI as a whole is the backbone of our economy, it’s something that we should defend and something that we should protect,” he said.]]>