Thursday 16 August, 2018

New book, 'A Blue Urban Agenda' to tackle Caribbean climate change

Dr. Michael G. Donovan and Dr. Michelle Mycoo with their book, 'A Blue Urban Agenda'

Dr. Michael G. Donovan and Dr. Michelle Mycoo with their book, 'A Blue Urban Agenda'

The University of the West Indies recently hosted a book launch for 'A Blue Urban Agenda', one that tackles adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States. 

"More than four million people in the Caribbean and the Pacific are estimated to be living in flood prone areas.  As evidenced by the catastrophic hurricanes that took place this year, one in five residents living in low-elevation coastal zones will face threats to their safety, economic output and employment due to sea level rise," according to a statement from the University. 

UWI Senior Lecturer Dr. Michelle Mycoo and Inter-American Development Bank Urban Specialist Dr. Michael G. Donovan address these issues and make policy recommendations in 'A Blue Urban Agenda'.

Dr. Michelle Mycoo is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at The UWI St. Augustine. She has published on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and coastal zone planning. She co-authored the book Disaster Risk Reduction (University of Wisconsin-Madison Press, 2009 and was a contributor to the World Bank Report on Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Latin American and Caribbean Cities (2011).

Dr. Michael G Donovan is a Senior Housing and Urban Development Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank where he oversees several of the IDB’s low-income housing and neighborhood upgrading projects. He is currently leading research projects on urban land tenure, adaptation in coastal cities, and metropolitan governance. 

'A Blue Urban Agenda' is meant to be a useful resource for urban policymakers and practitioners, researchers and university and is currently available online.