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Climate Change an “Existential Threat” for the Caribbean

By Desmond Brown

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Sep 22 2014 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn’t mince words: he will tell you that it is a matter of life and death for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

“The threat is not abstract, it is not very distant, it is immediate and it is real. And if this matter is the premier existential issue which faces us it means that we have to take it more seriously and put it at the centre stage of all our developmental efforts,” Gonsalves told IPS.

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World’s Most Unequal Region Sets Example in Fight Against Hunger

By Marianela Jarroud

SANTIAGO, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

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REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe Año 7 - Volumen 371


  • LLUVIAS INTENSAS: Huracán Norbert, convertido en ciclón tropical, deja a su paso por México 3 personas muertas y unos 2,500 damnificados.

  • SEQUÍA: De acuerdo con la Red de Sistemas de Alerta Temprana Contra la Hambruna (FEWS NET), la sequía agravará en los próximos meses la situación de inseguridad alimentaria en Centroamérica.

  • MIGRACIÓN: En los últimos días, han sido deportados desde EEUU 31 hondureños que trataban de entrar al país de forma ilegal (16 de ellos son menores de edad y 15 mujeres).

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Heavy Rainfall in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia - Situation Report # 1 as of 6.00 pm on Saturday 06th 2014

Message: Torrential Rains from a trough system caused flooding, landslides and damage to housing and infrastructure in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia . The E.T Joshua Airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines flooded and has been closed until further notice.

St Vincent and the Grenadines

The Situation

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Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Floods; DREF Final Report (MDRVC002)

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A low-level trough system produced torrential rains on 24 December 2013 and caused severe floods, landslides and damages in the country. A total of 308.6 mm of rainfall was recorded over a 24-hour period in the island of Saint Vincent and affected the following areas: Pembroke, Vermont, Buccament Bay, South Rivers, Byera, Spring Village, Rose Bank and North Windward - Sandy Bay, Megum, Orange Hill and London, as well as the capital Kingstown.

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Putting the Littlest Disaster Victims on the Caribbean’s Climate Agenda

By Desmond Brown

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble.

According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty reduction we are not seeing children, children are invisible in terms of development.

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Caribbean Governments Now Insured Against Excess Rainfall

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 4, 2014 – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is pleased to announce that eight of its members have become the first countries to purchase its excess rainfall insurance coverage – for the 2014/2015 policy year.

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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

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


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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