Jade Leung, one of our research team, has been working with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to develop a fast-track analysis of the infrastructure needs of the small island state of Curaçao, in the Caribbean, by the end of the year.
Curaçao’s economy is likely to host greater numbers of tourists in the near future – the demand from extra visitors will exert significant pressure on national infrastructure systems, and, as a small island state, the risks associated with rising sea-levels need to be investigated.
Across the rest of 2017, Jade will be working with the government of Curaçao and representatives from other parts of the public, private and civic communities to build a shared understanding of the priorities for infrastructure development. Through the Fast Track Analysis process, the government and other stakeholders can explore different future scenarios and infrastructure strategies across a number of sectors, including energy, transport and solid waste. Through this work, we aim to enable decision-makers to understand the opportunities available for robust infrastructure policy options, as well as develop a better understanding of future vulnerabilities.
Jade will be piloting a new element of NISMOD-Int – a Strategy Development Framework. This will develop some standard themes and approaches for decision-makers; to support them as they apply NISMOD-Int data to creating practical, workable responses to future infrastructure challenges.