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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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Caribbean Grapples with Intense New Cycles of Flooding and Drought

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 18 2014 (IPS) - As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector.

Dr. Paulette Bynoe, a specialist in community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation policy and environmental management, says integrated water resource management is critical.

“We have been making progress…making professionals and other important stakeholders aware of the issue. That is the first step,” she told IPS.

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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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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

Report
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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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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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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Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Latin American and Caribbean Cities

Report
World Bank

The World Bank’s Disaster Risk and Urban Development Unit in the Latin American and Caribbean Region (LCR) piloted a regional study and technical assistance initiative to strengthen climate adaptation planning for small and medium sized cities (SMSC) in LCR. The initiative’s main objective was to support small and medium sized cities with their adaptation planning for floods and landslides, two of the most recurrent climate-related hazards in the region.

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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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“We in the Caribbean Are Living Climate Change”

By Desmond Brown

MOCHO, Jamaica, Dec 10 2013 (IPS) - The Mocho Mountains that run through the centre of Jamaica were once covered by lush tropical forests that helped control rainfall. Now, much of the forests and farmlands have been destroyed and the community is hard hit by the resultant extreme weather.

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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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Red Cross Preparing Caribbean Communities ahead of Storms

by Tamara Braunstein

As Tropical Storm Chantal moves westward across the Atlantic Ocean, the American Red Cross is working with its Caribbean partners to prepare for high winds and heavy rains from the storm.

The storm sustained top wind speeds of 50 mph early July 9, and forecasters predict that it could gain strength throughout the week as it enters the Caribbean Sea.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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How Rap Music is Saving Lives in the Caribbean

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 26 through June 1, following the release of the official forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This week, USAID is highlighting the work we do to help disaster-prone countries prepare for and recover from hurricanes.

AUTHOR: Robyn Fieser, Regional Information Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, Catholic Relief Services