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UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance
Rainfall totals for the British Virgin Islands for the first half of 2015 are significantly low in comparison to previous years, resulting in substantial impact to farming grounds.
Rainfall statistics accumulated by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) for the period January to June reveal a total of only 3.5 inches of rainfall, with the majority occurring in January and February. Comparing the same period in 2014, rainfall totals were at 13.5 inches.
Caribbean countries suffer loss from natural hazards almost on an annual basis. The risk of this is heightened during the wet season by the passage of tropical storms and hurricanes during the period from June to November which can result in significant loss of life, livelihoods and human and economic development.
DROUGHT: Several countries in the Caribbean are affected by drought.
Experts predict the situation to deteriorate with El Niño and a weak hurricane season, with a limited amount of rain expected for the region.
Colombia and Guatemala are affected by contamination of rivers that supply water to a considerable number of people. In Colombia the contamination results from oil pollution while Guatemala is still investigating the origin.
SEQUÍA: Varios países de el Caribe están afectados por sequía. Los expertos estiman que la situación podría empeorar debido a El Niño y a una baja predicción en la actual Temporada de Huracanes, lo que limita la cantidad de lluvia esperada en la región.
EMERGENCIA MEDIO AMBIENTAL:
Colombia y Guatemala están afectadas por contaminación de ríos que abastecen de agua a un considerable número de personas. En Colombia la contaminación es por petróleo, mientras en Guatemala se investiga el origen.
OECS Commission, Castries, St. Lucia,June 24th ,2015-Regional and national agencies engaged in environmental management, disaster risk management and sustainable development are to further discuss the findings of vulnerability assessments recently conducted in 3 communities in Saint Lucia. The workshop will also have as one of the outputs, the development of disaster risk management strategies and action plans to address the vulnerabilities identified.
Le Ministère de l’Environnement (MDE) en collaboration avec l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie et le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) a lancé ce mercredi 20 mai, à l’hôtel Oasis, un atelier régional sur le processus d’élaboration de la Contribution Prévue Déterminée Nationale (CPDN). Cette contribution a été définie lors de la 21è conférence des Parties à la Conférence-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (COP21), en France, en décembre 2015.
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El agricultor de la isla caribeña de Santa Lucía, Anthony Herman esperaba recuperar el año próximo parte de lo que perdió cuando 70 por ciento de su cultivo de castaña de cajú se marchitó y murió bajo el abrasador sol del sur del Caribe. Pero le clima le tenía preparada otra sorpresa.
CASTRIES, Jun 2 2015 (IPS) - St. Lucian farmer Anthony Herman was hoping that next year he’d manage to recoup some of the losses he sustained after 70 per cent of his cashew crop withered and died in the heat of the scorching southern Caribbean sun.
But on June 1, the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season which coincides with the rainy season, the 63-year-old man, who has been farming for four decades, received “frightening” news about weather conditions in the region over the next year or so.
COLOMBIA: At least 782 people are affected and 126 home are damaged from a mudslide that affected parts of the Department of Antioquia.
PERU: Media sources report that at least 138,000 families are affected by floods.
Authorities have declared a state of emergency for areas in the Huanuco Department.
SAINT LUCIA: The country is suffering from a prolonged drought. Authorities are regulating the use of potable water.
COLOMBIA: Unas 782 personas afectadas y 126 viviendas con daños producto de la avalancha que afectó a partes del Departamento de Antioquia.
PERÚ: Reportes de prensa indican que unas 138,000 familias estarían afectadas por inundaciones. Las autoridades declararon emergencias algunas localidades en el departamento de Huánuco.
SANTA LUCIA: El país está afectado por una prolongada sequía. Las autoridades han impuesto medidas de uso para el agua potable.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Saint Lucia Government is requesting the full cooperation of the public in order to minimize the impact of the dry period. The Government of Saint Lucia has declared a water-related emergency for all parts of the island, effective May 20 until July 31.
This type of emergency is declared when the Water Resource Management Agency has advised that a shortage or deficiency of water exists or may soon exist.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Fellow Saint Lucians, Good Evening.
As some of you would have heard from the media reports, Government has declared a Water-Related Emergency for all parts of the island, effective today May 20th until July 31st, 2015. This type of emergency is declared where the Water Resource Management Agency has advised the Minister that due to an exceptional shortage of rain, or contamination of water, a serious shortage or deficiency of water exists or may soon exist.
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.
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.
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.
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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.
Since its launch in 2007, GFDRR has supported initiatives engaging civil society and community leaders on disaster risk management. Through its Civil Society Partnership Strategy, GFDRR works with civil society in projects and advocacy, while also leveraging community-driven development investments with its partners.
Why Civil Society and Community— Driven Resilience Matter