Technical Assistance for Awareness Building and Training on Climate Resilient Infrastructure

Climate change affects all types of buildings and other infrastructure networks. Rising temperatures, increased flood risk and other potential hazards is threatening the reliable and efficient operation of these networks, with potentially large economic and social impacts in Suriname. Decisions made now about the design, location and operation of infrastructure will determine how resilient they will be to rapidly changing climate conditions. At the same time there is a growing investment gap for building new and resilient infrastructure in Suriname.  An important downside is that repairing existing infrastructure and building new infrastructure contribute to greenhouse gas emissions since infrastructure relies heavily on emissions-intensive industries – particularly production of cement and steel. To address these issues and challenges, climate-resilient infrastructure that withstands changing climate conditions and avoids contributing to further emissions is necessary.  

The project proposal is derived from actions listed in Suriname’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) regarding climate resilient infrastructure. The initiative entails targeted training for policy advisors, decision makers, community members and other identified stakeholders in climate resilient infrastructure to improve their knowledge and capacity in climate resilient infrastructure. The technical assistance will focus on building the Ministry’s capacity to plan, design, build and operate climate resilient infrastructure that will help Suriname to prepare and adapt to changing climatic conditions. These efforts to achieve climate resilience will be mutually reinforcing with efforts to increase resilience to natural hazards in Suriname.   

Further, the proposed TA will assist the government of Suriname, to ‘get the policies right’ when it comes to developing building codes, guidelines and regulation with regards to climate resilient infrastructure. The proposed TA is aligned with Suriname’s national development priorities, Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and will contribute towards Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) 1, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 13.