Join us at the Caribbean Urban Forum 2024!

The Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF) is an international conference on urban planning and development, land management and other spatial planning related topics relevant to the Caribbean context. Established in 2011, this annual event travels to different Caribbean countries, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders—including practitioners, policymakers, and researchers—to share experiences and knowledge on ongoing activities in the Caribbean and/ or relevant to the Caribbean. Through training programmes, workshops, scientific paper presentations, and panel discussions, CUF allows to build capacity and advance policy positions through facilitating a variety of conversations. More importantly, the event is a key activity which builds comradery between practitioners and strengthening networking with organisations and institutions to allow for the translations of ideas into plans and plans into action.   

What to Expect at CUF 2024 

This year CUF 2024 it set to be held from June 26-28, 2024, hosted by the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestro (PUCMM) at PUCMM, Campus Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.  

 Organized in close partnership with the Dominican government and supported by national, regional, and international organizations, CUF 2024 promises to be an enriching event. We’re also excited to have The University of the West Indies (UWI) as a major co-host through our HIT RESET Caribbean project, alongside the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (the blueSpace Network). 

 Theme: Rethinking Caribbean City Management 

The 2024 conference theme is “Rethinking Caribbean City Management: Supporting a Resilient Blue Economy.” The Caribbean faces significant risks from natural disasters, climate change, and various political, economic, environmental, and social challenges. CUF provides a space for stakeholders to explore new strategies and technologies to address these issues. 

The Blue Economy includes economic activities related to oceans and seas, such as fisheries, marine transport, offshore wind energy, shipbuilding, and especially marine and coastal tourism. This sector is vital for the Caribbean, with tourism being a major economic driver for the region. However, challenges like climate change and marine pollution threaten the region’s coral reefs and overall marine ecosystem. The Caribbean’s coral population has declined by around 50% with the primary causes being marine pollution and climate change. To combat further degradation and ensure the Caribbean’s long-term viability, governments and the private sector need to collaborate on implementing initiatives and policies to invest in sustainable development related projects. They also need to focus on enhancing sustainability and increasing preparedness for future crises.  

Six Key Themes: 

CUF 2024 will focus on six thematic areas: 

  1. Sustainable Tourism  
  2. Application of Digitally Driven Coastal Resilience and Adaptability Strategies in Caribbean SIDS 
  3. City management 
  4. Climate Change: New and emergent risk scenarios in Caribbean cities 
  5. Innovation, technology, and energy 
  6. Changing landscape. 

 These themes will guide the discussions, presentations, and workshops, providing a comprehensive look at the current and future state of Caribbean urban development. 

 Why Attend? 

CUF 2024 welcomed submissions from all academic and professional backgrounds, including students. This inclusive approach ensures a wide array of projects, research findings, policy issues, and innovative recommendations are presented, enriching the overall conference experience. 

 Attending CUF 2024 offers numerous benefits, including connecting with a diverse group of professionals, experts, and stakeholders from around the world to exchange ideas and build partnerships. Along with this opportunity for open dialogue, you can gain insights in the latest updates on innovative technologies and initiatives regarding coastal resilience in your community.  

To register visit: this page  

 We will be covering each day of CUF 2024 on this blog, highlighting key sessions, speaker insights, and the overall experience of this exciting event! 

 We look forward to seeing you at CUF 2024! 

This project aims to provide support for projects which develop innovations to increase resilience in coastal communities of the Caribbean, as well as strengthen institutions, national and local governments’ ability to leverage information and knowledge for policy amendments.