The Government of the United Kingdom in the upcoming years will provide Dominica with £65 million to assist the country in becoming the first climate resilient nation in the world.
Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Colleen Wainright, made the disclosure at the official launch of the Climate Resilience Executing Agency of Dominica (CREAD) on Friday.
“In 2015 Tropical Storm Erika caused damage equivalent to around 90% of Dominica’s annual Gross Domestic Product and only two years later with Hurricane Maria. We have seen that figure rise to over 200%,” Wainright said.
She said that with the frequency and intensity of hurricanes only like to increase, Dominica has recognized that it must build back better and develop infrastructure, insurance and other support systems that have a much stronger chance of surviving future storms and disasters.
Bearing commendations from the UK Government for “the vision and aspiration of the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who is determined to make Dominica the first climate resilient country in the world,” Wainright announced how the money would be allocated.
“We have recently announced £25 million of new funding to rebuild and strengthen the water system across the island so in the event of a future hurricane the supply of drinking water will either continue or can be quickly reestablished.”
She noted that £25 million will also go towards rehabilitating the road from Loubiere to Bagatelle which was essentially destroyed during the hurricane.