chapter  4
Power for change in adapting to coastal flood risk on Curacao in the Caribbean
ByLena Fuldauer
Pages 15

The Caribbean Small Island Developing States (CSIDS) are widely acknowledged as being particularly affected by increasing climate impacts (Nurse et al., 2001; Tompkins et al., 2005). Given that 70 per cent of all economic activity takes place within approximately three kilometres of the coastline (Duval, 2004), these islands are especially vulnerable to coastal sea-surges from hurricanes and floods. However, despite their importance, most Caribbean islands remain in the early stages of implementing flood risk management (FRM) initiatives for coastal climate adaptation.