Challenges for Coastal Adaptation Planning in Negril, western Jamaica

Authors: Tashanna Walker*, University of the West Indies - Mona
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Planning Geography, Environment
Keywords: Adaptation,Planning, Sea Level Rise, Breakwater,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Climate related activities such as hurricanes, floods and droughts are already inflicting millions of dollars’ worth of damages to Caribbean economies. Special attention must be given to urban centers and low-lying coastal settlements that now account for the majority of the region's population, national capital and infrastructural investments. This research thus evaluates the challenges for adaptation planning in the coastal town of Negril, Jamaica, through a thorough examination of the proposed Negril Breakwater Project. The study adopts a qualitative research methodology. Results of this study suggests that there was limited stakeholder involvement in the planning process, major gaps in communication, and a chronic lack of will to participate in the adaptation planning. Additionally, adaptation measures are being strained by cognitive and other barriers such as a preference for the status quo, blame shifting, discounting of the future, and an unwillingness to invest in problems not experienced, in this case sea level rise.

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