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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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57 persons receive flood relief grants

March 19, 2014: Fifty seven persons affected by floods late last year were on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 compensated by Government to the tune of $10,000 each.

Minister of the People and Social Development Dr. Glenn Ramadharsingh presented the cheques to colleague, MP for St.Augustine Minister Prakash Ramadhar, at whose office on Pasea Main Road, Tunapuna, the distribution took place.

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CCRIF Semiannual Report June-November 2013


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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Informe mensual de precios de los alimentos en América Latina y el Caribe - febrero de 2014

Mensajes principales

Los precios de los alimentos se incrementaron 1,4% en el primer mes de 2014, 0,6 puntos porcentuales por sobre lo mostrado en diciembre de 2013. La inflación general, en tanto, se ubicó en 1,2% durante el mes de enero de 2014, 0,3 puntos por sobre el dato de diciembre recién pasado.

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Works Ministry to address coastal erosion

February 4, 2014: The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure wishes advises the public that it has initiated a Coastal Protection Programme to address the most crucial of coastal erosion, instability and flooding cases along the coastline of Trinidad. This Programme will be undertaken by the newly-formed Coastal Protection Unit (CPU) which intends to implement approximately twenty-six (26) coastal protection projects that target coastal instability in order to reduce erosion, over a three year period.

Included among those projects are the following:

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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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Caribbean Sees Worrying Rise in Climate-Sensitive Diseases

ROSEAU, Dominica, Jan 20 2014 (IPS) - Caribbean countries, struggling to emerge from a slump in exports and falling tourist arrivals brought on by the worldwide economic crisis that began five years ago, have one more thing to worry about in 2014.

Dominica’s chief medical officer, Dr. David John, said climate change and its effects are taking a toll on the health of people in his homeland and elsewhere in the region.

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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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Informe mensual de precios de los alimentos en América Latina y el Caribe - Diciembre de 2013

Leve repunte en la inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe

En noviembre, hubo un aumento de 0.1 punto porcentual en la inflación alimentaria y general de la región.

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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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Farm Forecasts Try to Decode a Capricious Climate

By Jewel Fraser

PORT OF SPAIN, Dec 31 2013 (IPS) - In the southwest peninsula of Cedros, one of Trinidad’s driest areas, Jenson Alexander grows the cocoa used for many years by the British chocolate giant Cadbury.

Dry conditions mean that he frequently faces bush fires, a challenge compounded by increasing climate variability that makes it difficult to predict when an extended dry season, and the fires that accompany it, are likely to occur.

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PM Persad-Bissessar sends emergency supplies to St. Lucia

The Honourable Kamla Persad Bissessar SC, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, has requested that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) mobilize foodstuff and emergency supplies to be sent to Caricom neighbor St Lucia, which was badly affected by the inclement weather on Christmas Eve.

Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is chairman of Caricom, and lead Prime Minister on security in the region.

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Trinidad and Tobago to alleviate flooding in Port of Spain with IDB loan

Loan of $120 million will improve drainage infrastructure and aid institutional strengthening of the sector

Trinidad and Tobago will minimize impacts from the lack of, or insufficient, urban drainage infrastructure in critical areas of the city of Port of Spain (POS) through a US$120 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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The Right to Food in the CARICOM Region: An Assessment Report - April 2013

Right to Food Study, 2013.

This publication presents coherent and systematic information and analysis about: the current food and nutrition security situation in the CARICOM Region and in CARICOM Member States, and the relevant legal, policy and institutional environments in the Region with respect to the protection and realization of the right to food.

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Tormentas e inundaciones cocinan una sopa tóxica en el Caribe

Por Desmond Brown

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, 3 dic 2013 (IPS) - El manejo de las aguas servidas está ganando importancia en el Caribe, y se empiezan a notar los efectos que tienen en el delicado ambiente de esta región.

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Storms, Flooding Can Unleash a Toxic Soup

By Desmond Brown

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Nov 30 2013 (IPS) - It’s a dirty, smelly business, but wastewater is gaining prominence across the Caribbean as countries from Jamaica in the west to Guyana in the south increasingly recognise its effects on the environment and the importance of improving its management.

Coordinator of the Guyana Wastewater Revolving Fund Marlon Daniels told IPS that with the advent of climate change, protecting the environment has become more of a challenge for countries of the region.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review, FY 2004–2013: Latin America and the Caribbean

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Some countries have also suffered civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts.