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Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change the World

Opinion by Han Seung-soo

For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and increasing environmental vulnerability.

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Caribbean Governments Now Insured Against Excess Rainfall

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.

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For the Caribbean, a United Front Is Key to Weathering Climate Change

By Desmond Brown

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten, Jul 2 2014 (IPS) - As the costs of climate change continue to mount, officials with the Commonwealth grouping say it is vital that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) stick together on issues such as per capita income classification.

Deputy Commonwealth Secretary General (Economic and Social Development) Deodat Maharaj told IPS the classification affects the ability of countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and others to access financing from the international financial institutions.

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China Harbour hands over St. Mark Flood Mitigation Project in time for hurricane season

The people of the St. Mark community can breathe a sigh of relief now that the flood mitigation work has been completed just in time for the onset of the 2014 hurricane season.

The construction will protect the community from the effects of dangerous flooding.

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An official Statement from the Ministry of Health confirming the presence of Chikungunya in Grenada

ST.GEORGE'S, GRENADA, JUNE 26, 2014 -GIS: Following reports from our medical personnel on the sister isle of Carriacou of suspected cases of the Chikungunya virus on the island, the Ministry of Health responded swiftly by taking a series of measures to contain the possible spread of the virus.

These included the taking of samples from suspected persons to confirm the presence of the virus on the Island. Today, Thursday the Ministry announces that there are five confirmed cases of Chikungunya on the sister Isle of Carriacou.

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UWI Seismic Research Centre receives funding to strengthen earthquake monitoring

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, June 3rd, 2014 - The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has embarked on a project to install instruments which will improve understanding of the effects of strong earthquakes in the region.

Funded by the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), twelve instruments are being installed as part of a regional project which aims to establish a core network of strong motion instruments in the Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica.

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Participation record pour l’exercice d’alerte au tsunami dans les Caraïbes

L’exercice d’alerte au tsunami qui s’est déroulé le 26 mars dans les Caraïbes a connu une participation sans précédent comparée aux tests effectués en 2011 et 2013. Organisé sous les auspices de la Commission océanographique intergouvernementale (COI) de l’UNESCO, cet exercice montre l’implication des pays concernés et la prise de conscience de la menace que représentent les tsunamis dans la région.

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Record participation in Caribbean tsunami warning exercise

The level of participation in the tsunami warning exercise that took place on 26 March in the Caribbean was unprecedented, compared with similar exercises in 2011 and 2013. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it reflects the commitment of the countries concerned and a growing awareness of the tsunami threat in the region.

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Récord de participación en el simulacro de alerta de tsunamis en el Caribe

El ensayo de alerta de tsunami que se desarrolló el 26 de marzo en el Caribe obtuvo una participación sin precedentes comparado con otros que se habían desarrollado en 2011 y 2013. Organizado bajo los auspicios de la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental (COI) de la UNESCO, el ensayo muestra la implicación de los países concernidos y la toma de conciencia respecto a la amenaza que representan los tsunamis en la región.

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CCRIF Semiannual Report June-November 2013

INTRODUCTION

This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

The report presents:

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Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for Small Island States, UN Studies Confirm

On the International Day of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Nairobi, 24 February 2014 –Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)—from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance—will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living.

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Haiti + 10 others
The Caribbean: Better prepared to face disasters

31/01/2014 - The European Union is reaffirming its commitment towards disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean with the launch of the new Disaster Preparedness (DIPECHO) action plan 2013-2014. In total, €8.5 million have been earmarked for disaster preparedness and reducing the vulnerabilities related to natural hazards such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Restoration and Rehabilition works completed in Petite Martinique

Beausejour, Carriacou, January 24, 2014- A call is being made by Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Hon. Elvin Nimrod for educators to educate students on climate change issues.

He was at the time speaking at the completion ceremony for Phase 1 of the Sanchez Restoration and Rehabilitation Project; Minister Nimrod said it is important to raise awareness on climate change adaptation and resilience.

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ECHO Factsheet Caribbean – January, 2014

Key messages

  • The Caribbean is prone to extreme natural phenomena. The hurricane season (June to November) affects thousands of people every year.

  • The European Union assists the concerned populations both in the aftermath of a disaster and with measures that increase the resilience of vulnerable communities to natural hazards.

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NADMA Relief efforts for St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Sunday, January 5, 2014 – GIS: The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) will spearhead efforts to provide relief for St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica.

At a meeting of the National Emergency Advisory Council (NEAC), held on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, it was decided that the Agency would concentrate on two main activities as follows:

  • Account # 12100490 has been activated at the Grenada Cooperative Bank, and the general public can make contributions

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PAHO/WHO Supports Health Response after Floods in Caribbean Countries (updated, 7 Jan 2014)

Washington, D.C., 7 January 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization is helping to respond to the emergency and manage resources after floods affected the islands of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and Grenada between December 23 and 25, and left hundreds of people displaced from their homes.

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Grenada minister expresses solidarity following Windward Islands Christmas disaster

ST GEORGE'S, GRENADA, Friday, January 3, 2014 – GIS: Grenada's Social Services Minister, Delma Thomas, has called her counterparts in the sister Windward Islands to express sympathy and solidarity in the wake of recent weather-related destruction.

Thomas spoke via telephone with her Social Services Minister counterpart in St. Vincent, Frederick Stephenson, as well as representatives for Minister Alvina Reynolds in St. Lucia and Gloria Shillingford in Dominica.

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PAHO/WHO Supports Health Response after Floods in the Eastern Caribbean

Re-establishing health services and emergency medical care in affected areas is a priority now. Access to potable water is also a major concern.

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Grenada expresses sorrow over disaster in neighboring islands

Friday, December 27, 2013 11:30 PM- St. George's, Grenada

ST GEORGE'S, GRENADA, Friday, December 27, 2013 – GIS: -The Grenada government has expressed its "deepest sense of regret at the loss of lives and properties and the displacement of people as a result of the heavy rains over the Christmas period in our sister Windward Islands."

In an official statement, the government of Grenada expressed solidarity with the governments and peoples of Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines "at this trying and difficult time."