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


U.S. Department of State, Grant TF00942

Keywords and Phrases

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

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1943-7870; 0733-9372

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Mar 2022