In September 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico causing considerable impacts to both natural and human communities. For this small Caribbean island, the ramifications of global climate change are visceral and imminent.
However, Puerto Rico’s is not a story of desperation but of resilience.
In collaboration with Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo, Climate Science Alliance, Para la Naturaleza, Vida Marina, and Wildlife Conservation Society, the DUNAS project was convened to restore coastal dunes in northern Puerto Rico that were severely degraded by Hurricane Maria. Although sand dunes are vulnerable to damage, they are critical for protecting ecological environments, cultural artifacts, and human communities.
By weaving together cultural, ecological, and community values we lay the groundwork for a resilient future.
DUNAS provides a unique community-based model for how to bridge social and environmental resilience through climate adaptation strategies and solutions.
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This project was made possible through a 2018 Climate Adaptation Fund grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) entitled, “Puerto Rico se Levanta: Learning from extreme events to build and sustain a resilient future". Support to establish the Climate Adaptation Fund was provided by a grant to the WCS from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.