A Case Study of Community-Engaged Design: Creating Parametric Insurance to Meet the Safety Needs of Fisherfolk in the Caribbean


The creation of the Caribbean Ocean and Aquaculture Sustainability faciliTy (COAST) is used as a case study of community-engaged design addressing safety needs. COAST is a parametric insurance product, sold to national governments, which was designed to meet the food and nutrition security of small- and medium-scale fisherfolk. The design of COAST is an example of convergence research, where the discipline of engineering was integrated with another discipline to solve pressing societal needs of Caribbean fisherfolk. This case study demonstrates that community-engaged design helps to (1) identify and include historically underrepresented stakeholders, (2) emphasize the importance of professional responsibility for project implementation, and (3) achieve long-term sustainability of the design (i.e., COAST has been renewed for a third policy year, 2021/2022).


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering


The author wishes to acknowledge the financial support of the John A. and Susan Mathews Endowment from Missouri S&T; the Jefferson Science Fellowship program administered by the National Academies; and financial support for COAST provided by the US Department of State to the PROFISH multidonor trust fund of the World Bank TF00942.

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Caribbean catastrophe risk insurance facility (CCRIF); Segregated portfolio company (SPC); Climate resilience; Ecosystem-based fisheries management; Food and nutrition security; Science diplomacy

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1943-7870; 0733-9372

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Mar 2022