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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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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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Fight Against The Chikungunya Outbreak In SVG Continues

Efforts are continuing by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment to address the Chikungunya outbreak in St Vincent and the Grenadines, with vector control measures and public sensitization programs currently taking place across the nation.

The Ministry says to date, some three hundred and ninety six (396) cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been recorded here. The majority of those cases have been confined to the Grenadine Island of Bequia.

Efforts aimed at eradicating the aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus have intensified.

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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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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

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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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Fortalecer el comercio intrarregional de alimentos es clave para la lucha contra el hambre de América Latina y el Caribe

FAO advierte sobre la necesidad de estimular el intercambio agroalimentario entre los países de la región, ya que 18 de ellos son importadores netos de alimentos.

Santiago de Chile, viernes 6 de junio de 2014 – Aunque América Latina y el Caribe es exportadora neta de alimentos, obtiene el 57% de sus importaciones agroalimentarias desde fuera de la región, señaló hoy la FAO.

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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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Flood-hit Caribbean island moves to battle the deluge and cut losses

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AlertNet

KINGSTOWN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Last Christmas Eve, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was pounded by 12 inches of rain in three hours, a deluge that caused rivers to burst their banks, while battering the island’s infrastructure and claiming a dozen lives.

The storm cost the Caribbean archipelago nation a hefty 17 percent of its annual GDP. Now, as residents rebuild, they say fears of massive flooding and landslides are never far from their minds, particularly with the annual hurricane season starting in less than two weeks.

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Chikungunya Outbreak Appeal

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is appealing for the co-operation of the public in helping to control the outbreak of the Chikungunya viral disease here. Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Persons experiencing these signs and symptoms should contact their health care provider.

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More Cases Of Chickungunya In SVG

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are now thirty-nine confirmed laboratory cases of the Chickungunya virus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Ministry says there are thirty-seven on Bequia and two on the mainland. The Ministry says it is continuing to implement vector control activities against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that causes the Chickungunya virus.

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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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St Vincent Relief

This week Cayman Islands Civil Servants donated almost $1,000 towards the continued relief of St Vincent and the Grenadines, whose people experienced traumatic loss of life and homes during landslides last December. (Centre) Governor Helen Kilpatrick presented the funds during a photo op today (Friday, 28 March 2014)

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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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Eastern Caribbean Islands Rebuilding from Flash Floods

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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.