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Report to the Cayman Islands' Government. Adaptation lessons learned from responding to tropical cyclones by the Cayman Islands' Government, 1988 - 2002

Respondents suggested that legislation should be modified to build in climate change risk, particularly to: mitigate against specific climate impacts such as sea level rise; modify laws for construction of roads and buildings to increase their ability to withstand every day weather; create a Disaster Fund for relief in situations of extreme weather; increase the minimum elevation for developments on reclaimed land to prevent future flooding; and develop a national energy policy.

'Lee County in Florida have passed disaster legislation that sets out a planning process that requires that any building built too close to the water, in the event that it is destroyed, cannot be rebuilt there but there is a setback provision which requires them to rebuild more inland. I thought this was quite clever. It mitigates against a repeat phenomena. Generations to come will thank you.' Respondent 7, 020626.

http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/publications/working_papers/wp35.pdf

Tompkins, E.L. and L-A. Hurlston, 2003: Report to the Cayman Islands' Government. Adaptation lessons learned from responding to tropical cyclones by the Cayman Islands' Government, 1988 -2002, Tyndall Centre for Climate Research, Working Paper 35, 46 pp.

Anticipating long term climate change

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Climate event

National

Large number

Negotiated conflict

Social consensus

Strategic

Low cost

National

Local action only

Near term

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