Carmel Haynes, Member Services Manager for the Caribbean and Florida, describes how RICS involvement in global initiatives is translating at a Chapter level in the region.

RICS is playing a pivotal role in an initiative by the Miami Dade Board of County Commissioners to develop long-term risk management solutions related to climate change.

On January 11, 2016, the Office of Resilience, the Beacon Council, and the British Consulate General in Miami convened a roundtable with key representatives from private and public sectors to draw upon private sector technical expertise to better understand the physical and economic risks to Miami-Dade County; improve the future insurability of County and privately-owned assets; and to understand best practices and their potential implementation in Miami-Dade County.

RICS Florida Chapter Committee Chair Tim Gifford FRICS and Committee member David Baxter MRICS participated in this discussion and delivered a joint presentation on “Driving Responsible Solutions Across the Built Environment”. This presentation highlighted the RICS role in the United Nations Global Compact, our involvement in COP21, and how property professionals could deploy their expertise and standards to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Both Tim and David said the three-hour morning discussion went extremely well. “This event was a good example of how RICS is impacting government policy and planning,” said Tim. “Such roundtables and panels have the potential to create broader influence beyond South Florida. Mayor Carlos Gimenez of Miami-Dade highlighted climate change as the second most important risk mitigation issue to address moving forward. This was an excellent opportunity to be involved with a strong group of industry influencers, which will potentially impact future planning decisions.” He added that the Miami Mayor requested that RICS be involved in future round-table discussions on the subject.

We would like to invite any members who are exploring similar issues on climate change and sea-level rise and the resilience for Miami or other coastal cities to share their recommendations or research on what measures are being taken so that they too can have input on further discussions in this area. Please contact Carmel Haynes, RICS Member Services Manager for Florida and the Caribbean, at if you have any information to share.

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