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Saint Lucia + 1 other
Caribbean Grapples with Intense New Cycles of Flooding and Drought

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 18 2014 (IPS) - As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector.

Dr. Paulette Bynoe, a specialist in community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation policy and environmental management, says integrated water resource management is critical.

“We have been making progress…making professionals and other important stakeholders aware of the issue. That is the first step,” she told IPS.

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OECS Provides Assistance for Climate Related Training to the Water Sector in Saint Lucia

OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia - The OECS Commission will host a three day workshop on Hydro-Climatic Disasters in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) from July 8-10, 2014 at the Conference Room of the National Emergency Management in Bisee, Castries, Saint Lucia.

The workshop will be delivered by Dr Paulette Bynoe, Director of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Guyana. Dr Bynoe is also a specialist in the areas of community based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation policy, and environmental management.

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World + 5 others
Outstanding CDEMA Contributions To Be Addressed

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.

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World + 4 others
Disaster-Prone Caribbean Looks to Better Financing

By Desmond BrownKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 15 2014 (IPS) - A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars.

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World + 4 others
Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Report
World Bank

Since its inception in 2011, the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program (ACP-EU NDRR) has come a long way in addressing its objectives of prevention, mitigation and preparedness to natural hazards in ACP countries. Only in the last six months, the Program launched four projects worth around $4.5 million, and supported four post-disaster response activities in Burundi, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Tonga, adding to the growing Program portfolio totaling 50 projects across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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World + 8 others
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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Saint Lucia records first case of Chikungunya

by Glen Simon, Ministry of Health

The public warned against inadvertently creating breeding sites for the mosquito

Saint Lucia has recorded its first confirmed case of Chikungunya. Chikungunya is a mosquito borne disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the same vector that transmits dengue fever.

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Government declares water emergency

Residents are urged to exercise extreme prudence in their use of potable water and to avoid waste

There has been an acute shortage of rainfall in the north of the island. This fact, together with diminishing reserves in the John Compton Dam and a report from the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services that the Northern areas of the country have now officially entered a drought situation, has caused the Government to officially declare a Water Related Emergency for an area stretching from Bexon/Marc in the East to Roseau in the West to Cap Estate in the North.

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Parliament visits John Compton Dam

Members of Parliament join WASCO officials to get a first hand view of the situation confronting the John Compton Dam

The Government of Saint Lucia recently declared a water-related emergency for the island's north and Members of Parliament were able to see tangible evidence, Tuesday, the reason for the declaration.

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World + 30 others
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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World + 30 others
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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World + 30 others
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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Saint Lucia + 1 other
Eastern Caribbean Islands Rebuilding from Flash Floods

Report
World Bank

Washington, March 21, 2014 – More than 30,000 people affected by the December 2013 flash floods in the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia will start recovering and regaining access to markets, water and electricity through an extra US$36 million approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors under the International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window.

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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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Pounds of Prevention: A Disaster Risk Reduction Story - Focus: Saint Lucia

Residents of Saint Lucia—an island of steep, volcanic hills rising sharply above the waters of the Eastern Caribbean—are vulnerable to many hazards, including hurricanes, rainstorms, landslides, erosion, floods, and earthquakes. These threats, exacerbated by development challenges, have inspired residents of Laborie Quarter, a district in southern Saint Lucia, to take action to prepare for and mitigate the potential effects of future disasters.

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A wet Christmas to end the year in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean -

By: Rendal Allen St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society Communications Officer.

On 24 December, 2013, Christmas eve, some of the islands of the Lesser Antilles; Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were hit by torrential rains spurred by a low level system passing over the region.