A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
• In 2009, a $150,000 grant from GFDRR enabled the World Bank to galvanize over $200 million in disaster risk reduction investments in the Eastern Caribbean such as coastal protection, strengthening of schools and health clinics, improved drainage systems, and slope stabilization.
The community of Portsmouth in Dominica is prone to a range of hazards including flooding, fire, storm surge, tsunami, landslides and rock fall, and hurricanes. It has managed to cope with these events but continues to have a high level of risk and exposure. In particular, Portsmouth is highly susceptible to storm surge, tsunami and other coastal hazards as it lies below sea level. As the community continues to develop its physical infrastructure, improper garbage disposal continues to threaten the drainage system and increase the risk of flooding.
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Working environment The intensification of several humanitarian crises in Africa and in the Middle East is keeping global resettlement needs high. Thanks to the generosity of countries such as the United States and Canada, which have large resettlement programmes, many vulnerable refugees are able to find a solution to their plight.
Inflación mensual de alimentos de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 1.2% en septiembre
El aumento de 0,4 puntos porcentuales respecto a agosto llevó la inflación alimentaria regional a uno de los valores más altos en lo que va del año
Santiago de Chile, 3 de noviembre de 2014 – La inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe ha aumentado de forma continua desde junio, alcanzando 1.2% en septiembre, uno de los valores más altos en lo que va de 2014, señaló hoy la FAO.
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 31, 2014 (CDEMA) - Disaster Management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union. The funding has been secured under the ACP-EU CARIFORUM Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme, which will be implemented over a five year period (2014-2019) by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Development Bank and the Dominican Republic.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues to strengthen as it moves across the Northern Leeward Islands. At 2.00 pm today, October 13, 2014 Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands and a Hurricane Watch for Anguilla.
Bridgetown, Barbados, Monday, September 16, 2014 (CDEMA) - On September 16th, 2014, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), the Canadian Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) met at the Barbados Red Cross Society to review the key results, achievements and lessons of a 3-year community-based disaster risk reduction project (2011-2014) entitled ‘Caribbean Community Resilience to Disaster Risk’.
By Marianela Jarroud
SANTIAGO, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.
Since 2013, PAHO/WHO has been implementing an initiative on indigenous populations and disaster risk reduction. It aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the disaster risks and needs faced by indigenous populations, as well as their accumulated experience in building resilience to disasters, towards collaboratively developing culturally sensitive tools to reduce disaster risk and better protect health during and after disasters.
This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)
APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.
San Jose, Costa Rica (September 1st, 2014) — To achieve greater recognition and strengthen community water management is one of the objectives of the V Latin American Meeting that will bring together more than 400 managers from 15 countries, in San Carlos, Costa Rica.
Representatives from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica will attend the meeting to be held from September 9 to 11.
By Desmond Brown
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble.
According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty reduction we are not seeing children, children are invisible in terms of development.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 4, 2014 – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is pleased to announce that eight of its members have become the first countries to purchase its excess rainfall insurance coverage – for the 2014/2015 policy year.
TEMPORADA DE HURACANES: Bertha se convierte en la segunda tormenta de la temporada. Daños menores se reportan en las Antillas Menores, República Dominicana y Puerto Rico.
GUATEMALA: Unas 15,000 personas afectadas por inundaciones y deslizamientos en el departamento de Alta Verapaz.
HONDURAS: La sequía afecta a más de 380,000 personas en el país. US$4.7 millones asignó el Gobierno para atender la situación.
by Julia Rawlins-Bentham
Countries in the region are being called upon to address the $1.2 million in outstanding contributions owed to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made the call, stressing that CDEMA could do a lot more for countries in the region if it was given the necessary resources.
He was at the time speaking during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the Council of CDEMA at Hilton Barbados recently.