A recent surge of natural disasters affecting islands have called into focus the issue of resilient infrastructure for reduction in loss of life, property and economic gains. Unsustainable construction practices and poor planning amplify the impacts of both natural and manmade disasters offsetting the developmental gains made over several years. The projections of impending increases in climate-related hazards underscore the need to reassess what early mitigation measures can be incorporated in the planning, designing and construction of infrastructure on islands.
This panel will consider what resilient infrastructure can be expected to look like in the context of islands and more explicitly, Small island Developing States (SIDS). It will help identify some critical hard and soft interventions that support more resilient infrastructure on islands. It will examine what factors can assist in prioritizing these measures, particularly in the face of limited financial and human resources. The panel will identify the key stakeholders in the process of planning for resilience and how best to design and coordinate such efforts to enable timely interventions that are resource efficient. It will also propose innovative and financing strategies that support smart planning and infrastructure for islands.
His journey at the OECS commenced in February 2010, after transitioning from service to the Government of Saint Lucia starting February 2001 in capacities as Chief Engineer (A/g), Contracts Manager and Civil/Project Engineer.
As a Civil Engineer and Project Management Professional with nearly twenty (19+) years of practical experience, Chamberlain has acquired and demonstrated competences and expertise in infrastructure and development projects and programmes funded by several diverse international development agencies.
Head of the Environmental Sustainability Cluster at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
Before joining the OAS, Mr. Springer served as: Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Tourism & Public Utilities, (1992-94); and Planning, Development, Environment and Housing (1994-97); and Adviser in Policy and Strategy Development with the OECS Secretariat, (1998-2001). Between 2001 and 2008, Mr. Springer ran a consulting practice that advised Governments in the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific regions, as well as inter-governmental entities such as CARICOM, UNDP, ECLAC, the Commonwealth Secretariat, World Bank, PAHO, and the OAS, among others
He is a former Chairman of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI). He serves as a member of the Board of PANOS Caribbean; and as Program Adviser on Green Economy with CANARI.
He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Public Administration and Mass Communications); Oxford Brooks University (Urban Planning); and Aberdeen University (Environmental Impact Assessment).
Cletus I. Springer
Former Chairman of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)
Paul graduated with a PhD in Nuclear Physics from the UK’s University of Southampton before taking on technology policy roles in the UK Home Office and Department for Transport. For 10 years Paul led on Energy Innovation Policy & Strategy in the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. From Autumn 2015 onwards Paul led UK engagement with the Mission Innovation initiative and later became Head of Mission Innovation’s Secretariat.
Innovation & Technology Strategy lead, IRENA
Programme Coordinator, Sustainable Energy Unit at Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission
Angus recently completed a 5-year diplomatic tour of duty as Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States, Mexico and the OAS and also as Grenada’s High Commissioner to Canada. As Ambassador, Angus played a leading role in the inception of the Caribbean Climate Smart Coalition and in Grenada’s role as chair of the World Bank’s Small States Forum.
Executive Chairman of the Atlantean BioSphere Program