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World + 10 others
Ocean stewardship critical to protecting ecosystems, safeguarding world’s food supply, delegates say at conference on Small Island Developing States

DEV/3111

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)

APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.

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BVI continues enhanced surveillance to combat Chickungunya

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is continuing its efforts to ensure that the number of cases of Chickungunya in the Territory remain low.

Since the disease was first reported in the Caribbean last December, the BVI has recorded 30 cases. Figures released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at the end of August revealed more than 650,000 suspected cases of Chikungunya and close to 8,000 confirmed cases. The PAHO figures also reveal that the death toll in the Caribbean is now at 37, with most deaths reported in Martinique.

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Disaster management and police sign cooperation agreement

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalising cooperation between the two.

The agreement authorises the RVIPF to activate the various emergency alert systems if it is determined that the BVI faces immediate threat from a local tsunami and contact cannot be made with the DDM.

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BVI achieves Tsunami Ready recognition

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, April 29th, 2014 (DDM) - The British Virgin Islands is TsunamiReady. The recognition has been bestowed on the Territory by the US based National Weather Service (NWS) which piloted the initiative in the United States to promote tsunami preparedness as a collaborative effort in vulnerable communities.

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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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Epidemiological Update - Chikungunya Fever 21 February 2014

Situation summary

To date, ten countries and territories in the Region of the Americas have recorded autochthonous cases of chikungunya infection: Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French), Sint Maarten (Dutch) and Saint Kitts and Nevis. In addition, an imported case has been recorded in Aruba. See figure below.

With the confirmation of cases of autochthonous transmission in French Guyana, chikungunya virus has now been recorded in South America.

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Epidemiological Update - Chikungunya Fever 24 January 2014

Since the first report received by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO) of autochthonous transmission of chikungunya infection on 6 December 2013, there are now six territories in the Region of the Americas, in the Caribbean, that have notified cases; these are the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French) and Sint Maarten (Dutch). See figure below.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Latin America and the Caribbean Volume 16 | October, November and December 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Disasters in the reporting period affected 699,020 people. Drought and flooding were the biggest disasters.

  • Dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean affected more than 2.2 million people and killed 1,000 in 2013. Central America, the Dominican Republic and Paraguay were the most severely affected.

  • OCHA allocated US$2.5 million in CERF funds to assist people affected by drought in Bolivia, and $85,000 in emergency funds to assist those affected by heavy rainfall in the Lesser Antilles.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Boletín Humanitario América Latina y el Caribe Volumen 16 | Octubre, Noviembre y Diciembre, 2013

DESTACADOS

  • Los desastres ocurridos en el cuarto trimestre de 2013 (octubre, noviembre y diciembre) afectaron a unas 699,020 personas. La Sequía e inundaciones fueron los mayores desastres.

  • El Dengue en América Latina y el Caribe ha afectado a más de 2.2 millones de personas y dejado unas 1,000 muertes en 2013.
    América Central, República Dominicana y Paraguay han sido gravemente impactados.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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New Sensors Installed On Tide Gauge, Improved Tsunami Warnings

Thursday, November 20, 2013 -The seismic monitoring network in the British Virgin Islands has received another boost with the installation of sensors on the Territory’s tide gauge.

Two Scientific Instrumentation Specialists, from the Puerto Rico Strong Motion Programme (PRSMP) at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez (UPRM) were in the BVI last week to undertake the installation work at the tide gauge which is located near the BVI Fisheries Complex in Baugher’s Bay.

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British Virgin Islands: Location Map (2013)

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Haiti + 37 others
Successful Caribbean test demonstrates progress in regional tsunami readiness

Over 44,000 people from 30 Members States and 15 of the territories* in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions participated in the second full scale regional tsunami exercise held on March 20, 2013.