The Department of Local Government and Community Development hosted a National Climate Resilience Consultation geared at building resilience through village councils.
The consultation, attended by chairpersons, councilors and clerks from across the island, was held at the Public Service Union Building on Wednesday 16 May 2018 under the theme ‘Building Community Resilience through Local Government’.
Acting Local Government Commissioner, Glenroy Toussaint told the various councils that their collaboration with the government shows their commitment to building a resilient Dominica.
He commended the village councils for their involvement of the councils in the post-Maria recovery process and noted that their participation is critical in meeting the objective of improving the quality of life of residents.
According to Toussaint, the village council’s collaboration with the various government ministries and departments, as well as other stakeholders, bears testimony to two key objectives of local government, one of which is to create effective communicative channels between central government and the communities.
“In that way you serve as conduits through which the policies, outputs, programs, projects, and information of central government impact our communities,” Toussaint stated.
He noted that the theme was a deliberate attempt to deepen the discussion on the need for safer and more resilient communities in Dominica.
Toussaint added that to combat climate change, resilience should be a part of every aspect of the communities.
“We have to develop that new vision moving forward; that is we have to breathe resilience, we have to eat resilience, we have to sleep resilience, and most importantly we have to live resilience. We certainly have no option but to become resilient individuals, resilient communities and ultimately a resilient countries,” Toussaint added.