Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica’s (CREAD’s) legacy persists beyond its tenure, shaping ongoing efforts to bolster Dominica’s resilience against climate change and journey towards becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation. 

Dominica’s Climate Resilience Journey

The Commonwealth of Dominica, often called the ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’, pursued sustainable development and resilience through its CREAD initiative.  

Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, established CREAD in 2018, post-Hurricane Maria in 2017. 

The aim was to lead Dominica toward becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation.  

Despite CREAD’s conclusion in December 2023, the Government seeks resilience and international development with support from global partners.  

CREAD’s Legacy and Closing Ceremony 

At the official closing ceremony of CREAD, held on 4 February 2024, Honourable Dr Skerrit lauded CREAD as a symbol of resilience and innovation, uniting governments, communities, and citizens against climate change.  

Honourable Dr Skerrit pledged to shield Dominica from the impacts of climate change made at the United Nations (UN) on 2 September 2023.   

Honourable Dr Skerrit highlighted CREAD’s role in achieving resilience goals and its recognition on the global stage.  

The CREAD mandate was to build stronger communities and reduce vulnerabilities towards climate change, through defining measures for the country’s response system. 

Dominica received international attention from the Government’s efforts, with global organisations commending the progress. 

This positioned the Nature Isle as a leader in environmental awareness and response to climate change. 

Despite initial scepticism in CREAD, emphasis was placed on Dominica’s commitment to rebuilding and responding stronger in the face of natural disasters. 

Dominica’s Ongoing Resilience Journey 

Honourable Dr Skerrit stressed that resilience remains an ongoing effort, recognising progress while acknowledging challenges.  

He celebrated CREAD’s contributions, emphasising capacity building within local communities and proactive measures against climate change.  

In response to vulnerability from natural disasters and climate change impacts in the Caribbean region, nations have pursued innovative solutions to bolster resilience and promote sustainable development. 

Moreover,  Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme funds have played a vital role in supporting ecosystem restoration, reforestation efforts, and renewable energy projects, contributing to long-term resilience objectives. 

The utilisation of CBI funding for disaster recovery and preparedness efforts, such as establishing emergency response mechanisms, implementing early warning systems, and conducting risk assessments, enhances resilience against future disasters.  

Furthermore, Dominica’s CBI Programme offers opportunities for economic diversification beyond traditional sectors like agriculture and tourism, attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) to build robust economic foundations.  

Infrastructure development projects funded by CBI, including hurricane-resistant buildings, coastal protection measures, and renewable energy systems, mitigate the impacts of climate change and safeguard communities. 

Government Achievements and Recognition 

During the closing ceremony, Honourable Dr Skerrit highlighted Dominica’s achievements towards climate-resilience, framing it as a continual process rather than a finite goal. 

While acknowledging that all benchmarks for climate resilience have not been met, he praised the substantial progress achieved, offering a blueprint for future endeavours. 

This attributed to progressive and decisive leadership and persistence. 

CREAD’s contributions to resilience goals, particularly in supporting small businesses, were celebrated, with emphasis on empowering local communities, often the primary responders during disasters. 

Honourable Dr Skerrit articulated a vision for Dominica to be renowned for its response to natural disasters rather than the disasters themselves. 

This indicates the importance of proactive measures in addressing climate change, despite challenges in garnering global support. 

He expressed gratitude to Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) for their support, intending to honour them with Dominica’s second-highest national award, the Sisserou Award of Honour. 

The Government’s continued pursuit of climate resilience recognises the importance of reinforcing and maintaining resilient communities and environment protection as foundational elements. 

About CREAD 

CREAD, a Government agency, spearheaded Dominica’s efforts to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation.  

They coordinated initiatives across sectors, aiming to strengthen communities, infrastructure, and economic growth while enhancing disaster management capabilities.  

CREAD’s vision was to set a global example of sustainable development and climate resilience, and its mission was to bolster Dominica’s resilience to natural disasters, management and recovery.