Posted by John Kimbrough on Tuesday, May 26th 2015
It only takes one bad storm to kill or injure thousands, inflict billions of dollars in damage, and wreak havoc on communities in its path. As part of Hurricane Preparedness Week, USAID joins other response organizations in raising public awareness and preparedness efforts for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.
0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Important achievements have been made in the Caribbean in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. However there is still room for further improvement in terms of institutionalization of tools and processes. The change in the HIP will consolidate the work made on seismic risks and will allow concretizing linking relief, rehabilitation and development opportunities with EU Delegations. In addition, more synergies will be sought with the private sector in the region.
Nuestro compromiso con la sostenibilidad
Our Commitment to Sustainability
Long-term economic growth and the reduction of poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean depend on development that is both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Recognizing this, at the IDB, we have made a commitment to maximizing positive environmental and social outcomes of our work, while minimizing risks and negative impacts to people and natural capital. Our Annual Sustainability Report provides a summary of our advances
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.
Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.
The risk of a disaster can cause economic losses even before a disaster strikes. Investing in disaster resilience, therefore, can yield a ‘triple dividend’ by (1) avoiding losses when disasters strike; (2) unlocking development potential by stimulating innovation and bolstering economic activity in a context of reduced disaster-related background risk for investment; and (3) through the synergies of the social, environment and economic co-benefits of disaster risk management investments even if a disaster does not happen for many years.
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.
En noviembre la inflación alimentaria en América Latina y el Caribe fue de 1%, levemente superior a la tasa de 0,9% registrada en el mes previo. Con lo anterior, se compensa en parte la desaceleración registrada en el mes de octubre y la ubica en un nivel similar al registrado en mayo del presente año.
Kingston, Jamaica (December 18, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity, with funding from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA-USAID), will help three of the most vulnerable communities in Jamaica to create development plans and prepare for disaster risk reduction.
First adaptation project approved under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience
Primer proyecto aprobado bajo el Programa Piloto de Adaptación a los Impactos del Cambio Climático
América Latina y el Caribe está muy cerca de lograr la meta de la Cumbre Mundial de la Alimentación
La región ha avanzado un 92% hacia la meta de reducir a la mitad el número total de personas que sufre hambre, mientras que a nivel global sólo se ha avanzado 41%
Latin America and the Caribbean need final push to achieve World Food Summit Goal
Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger
10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.
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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.
Por Desmond Brown
BAHÍA MORANT, Jamaica, 26 nov 2014 (IPS) - Mientras Jamaica sufre una de las peores sequías que haya conocido, especialistas sostienen que garantizar la seguridad alimentaria de los sectores más vulnerables es uno de los mayores desafíos planteados por el cambio climático.
PREPARACIÓN PARA DESASTRES
Sociedades caribeñas de la Cruz Roja lanzan ‘app’ salvavidas gratis para riesgos múltiples
La población en todo el Caribe, ahora puede descargar una aplicación (“app”) gratis para teléfonos móviles, que les ayudará prepararse ante emergencias y mantenerse a salvo durante los desastres naturales, como huracanes, inundaciones y sismos.