You are here

Resilience Potential: Assessing Jamaica's "Bounce-Back" from Hurricane Dean

Date Published: 
November, 2007
Lead Researcher(s): 
Thematic Area: 

There has been a global rise in hydro-meteorological activities attributed to climate change; in the case of Jamaica increased frequency of high magnitude storms has been witnessed. The island’s economic dependence on the natural environment means the sustainability of Jamaica’s economy relies on its ability to cope with hurricanes and other natural disasters. The passage of Hurricane Dean provided an opportunity for a detailed examination of storms’ macroeconomic impacts. The primary sector, agriculture in particular, remains most vulnerable along with cement production. While the speed of utilities’ reconnection has improved, the study found that state agencies and communities must be integrated into a comprehensive disaster-mitigation plan to bolster the country’s resilience.