This Call seeks to identify innovative, sustainable and feasible solutions to drive innovation to build greater resilience in Caribbean Coastal Communities.

Caribbean countries although not major contributors of greenhouse gases are on the forefront of the impacts of Climate Change. This is expected to be exacerbated by sea level rise and increases in hydro-meteorological events such as storm surges and hurricanes. A significant threat is the impact on the well-being of populations of the Caribbean, as the majority of people, approximately 70 percent, live in coastal cities and informal settlements, and most major infrastructure is also located along the coastal zone.

Although some capital cities have well-planned areas with sturdy structures, the sprawled communities on the outskirts of the city and those in proximity to the coastline often have non-resilient buildings, informal and haphazard development and are located in highly vulnerable areas putting them at high risk. Sound urban planning and management is hampered by an uncoordinated approach to strategic decision-making, limited stakeholder engagement, ineffective resource allocation and policies that are ill-equipped to support innovation.

There is a need to strengthen planning and management and more aggressively encourage successful uptake of innovations on technology(ies) to reduce vulnerabilities and enhance resilience in coastal communities. Developing the capacity therefore to identify vulnerabilities, anticipate climate change influences, plan and implement innovative mitigation and adaptation measures is key to this project.

This Call under the project ‘’Harnessing Innovative Technologies to Support Resilient Settlements on the Coastal Zones of the Caribbean”, scope aims to address these challenges by, inter alia, competitively awarding grants.  Proposed solutions will need to innovative, sustainable and feasible projects for stimulation of the development of regional and national systems of innovation.

Please click on the below link to obtain the Call Guidelines and Application Document.

View Open Call Information and Guidelines

Please register for the Clarification Session where applicants will have an opportunity to ask direct questions to the HIT RESET team. Questions which may be applicable to all applicants will be posted, together with the answers, on the website under Open Call 2022. Applicants are therefore encouraged to attend the meeting and continue to check the website on a regular  basis, for updates.

Please click the below link to reserve your space at the clarification meeting on the 21st March, 2022 at 10am.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvdumgrDMpEtdXQlyxkiqfi3qBmp7xeO8t

(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, if you do not receive one please send us an email)

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.