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Caribbean: Appeal No. MAA49001 Annual Report - 3 May 2010

This report covers the period 01 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

Programme purpose: National Societies in the Caribbean region are implementing efficient, responsive and focused programmes that contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable people. These programmes are aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Programmes summary:

In regards to the humanitarian challenges

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Call for proposals: Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) Fund

The Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) Fund announces the third call for project proposals. Grants will be made on a competitive basis to support small-scale projects at the community level that deliver measurable results in natural disaster risk reduction and/or in the reduction of the negative impacts of climate change. Projects may range in duration from a few months to two years in maximum duration.

Priority will be given to projects in the $25,000 to $75,000 CDN range. Projects outside this range may be considered

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Suriname + 12 others
Caribbean: Appeal No. MAA49001 - Programme Update

This report covers the period 01 January 2009 to 31 June 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: National Societies in the Caribbean region are implementing efficient, responsive and focused programmes that contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable people. These programmes are aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Programmes summary:

The first half of 2009 was characterized

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Peru + 25 others
USAID/OFDA Latin America and the Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Fact Sheet #1 (FY2009)

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

BACKGROUND

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, and drought. In addition, disasters triggered by environmental and industrial incidents, such as forest fires and chemical and oil spills, pose a potential threat. At times,

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Afghanistan + 46 others
Impacts of Climate Change coming faster and sooner: New science report underlines urgency for governments to seal the deal in Copenhagen

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

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Colombia: Nuevo decreto garantiza atención en vivienda para familias afectadas por desastres

Bogotá, 22 sep (SP). Durante 2009 y 2010, al finalizar cada mes, las cajas de compensación familiar de los departamentos del país y aquellas con jurisdicción nacional, apropiarán el 12 por ciento de los dineros del Fondo de Vivienda de Interés Social (Fovis), en el componente de vivienda de interés social.

El objetivo es atender a familias afectadas por situaciones de desastres, calamidad o emergencia de origen natural, acontecidas y declaradas durante 2008 y 2009, incluidas en los censos de la Dirección Nacional de Atención y Prevención de Desastres.

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British Virgin Islands: DDM hosts successful result- based management training

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is continuing efforts to improve its performance and efficiency levels as well as that of its partners.

Recently, the department in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) through the Regional Comprehensive Disaster Management Harmonization Implementation Project which is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), embarked on a training session in pursuit of this objective.

The three-day training focused on a Results-Based

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VITEMA receives NOAA grant for tsunami preparedness in the Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) has received a $42,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to begin work on tsunami preparedness in the Virgin Islands.

"This project will enable the Territory under the leadership of VITEMA to provide preparedness and mitigation activities as will as to integrate tsunami response with emergency response plans. The direction for VITEMA as a response coordinating agency which has been charted by Director Mark A. Walters and supported by the Office of the

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Antigua and Barbuda: NODS urges precautions for flood prone areas

Antigua, St Johns, August 17th....As the Atlantic Ocean continues to produce adverse weather systems, Director of NODS Philmore Mullin is advising residents to pay attention to updates coming out of the Meteorological office.

Mullin said precautionary measures should particularly be taken by residents that live in flood prone areas.

Currently twenty-four flood prone communities have been identified in Antigua and Barbuda.

"Among that list there are three areas that need to pay particular attention to flash flood warnings and

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Anguilla + 22 others
Commission decision of on the financing of humanitarian actions from the general budget of the European Communities in the Caribbean (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2009/04000)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid( 1), and in particular Articles 2 (f), 4 and 15(2) thereof;

Having regard to Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community ('Overseas Association Decision(2)), and in particular Articles 21 and 30 thereof:

Whereas:

(1) The Caribbean Region is exposed to

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Press conference by Alliance of Small Island States on climate change

In response to the announcement that leaders of the Major Economies Forum had agreed to hold rising temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today reaffirmed its call for short- and medium-term targets that would limit increases to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Addressing a Headquarters press conference on climate change, Dessima M. Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada and Chairperson of AOSIS, welcomed the statements by the major economies,

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Anguilla + 22 others
European Commission grants EUR 5 million for its 7th disaster preparedness action plan in the Caribbean

As the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction sets to work in Geneva and the hurricane season approaches, the European Commission's humanitarian aid office (ECHO), which reports to European Commissioner Louis Michel, has granted EUR 7 million for its 7th disaster‑preparedness action plan in the Caribbean. Priority will be given to the most vulnerable and exposed communities. About 300 000 people will benefit directly.

Since the programme was launched in 1996

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Jamaica + 1 other
Caribbean: Johanniter train 12,000 residents on first-aid

Berlin - With 174,000 Euros in funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Johanniter will initiate a first-aid programme in the Caribbean on June 1, 2009, training 12,000 island residents on emergency medical care.

Together with the local chapter of St. John Ambulance, Johanniter will train one candidate on Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Lucia to become a first-aid instructor. Then, he/she will offer first-aid and disaster prevention courses at schools and community centres on the islands.

The courses will focus on surviving hurricanes,

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Anguilla + 22 others
Commission decision of on the financing of humanitarian actions from the general budget of the European Communities in the Caribbean (Seventh Dipecho Action Plan) (ECHO/DIP/BUD/2009/03000)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid(2), and in particular Article 2(f) and Article 15(2) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community ('Overseas Association Decision')(3), and in particular Articles 21 and 30 thereof:

Whereas:

(1) The Caribbean is exposed to a wide

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Antigua and Barbuda: Hurricane Omar DREF Operation No. MDRAG001 Final Report

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies tor espond to disasters.

Summary: CHF 55,000 (USD 50,274 or EUR 35,032) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 23 October 2008 to support the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross

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IMF Executive Board approves US$3.4 million in emergency natural disaster assistance for St. Kitts and Nevis

Press Release No. 09/167

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund today approved a request for SDR 2.225 million (about US$3.4 million) in Emergency Natural Disaster Assistance for St. Kitts and Nevis.

St. Kitts and Nevis was hit by Hurricane Omar in October 2008. The damage caused by the hurricane has greatly aggravated the economic slowdown, with a significant impact on unemployment, fiscal revenues, and tourism receipts, particularly on the island of Nevis. Fund financing will help offset the balance of payments impact of the hurricane,

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Colombia: $11.550 millones para subsidios de vivienda rural a damnificados por desastres naturales

Bogotá, 28 ene (SP). El Gobierno Nacional entregará 11 mil 550 millones de pesos, para atender a las familias campesinas que sufrieron los estragos ocasionados por desastres naturales en el año 2008, mediante la asignación de subsidios para Vivienda de Interés Social Rural.

La Comisión Intersectorial de Vivienda de Interés Social Rural y la Dirección de Gestión de Riesgo para la Atención y Prevención de Desastres del Ministerio del Interior y de Justicia, priorizaron cuatro zonas y 20 municipios del país para la adjudicación de los recursos.

El Ministro de Agricultura, Andrés Felipe

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Colombia: WFP Humanitarian Situation Report, 10-19 Jan 2009

WFP provides assistance to those affected by the most devastating rainy season in many years.

WFP is currently implementing an emergency operation aimed to assist 103,000 people affected by the rainy season in different areas of the departments of Bolívar, Chocó, Córdoba, Magdalena, Santander and Sucre. These relief efforts are jointly coordinated with the United Nations Emergency Team (UNETE) and the government in support of the national response. This assistance, valued at nearly US$ 1.8 million, is being implemented through IR-EMOP 10805.0 "Assistance to people

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Haiti + 7 others
Carribean: 2008 hurricane season in review

The 2008 hurricane season was the fourth most active in terms of named storms (16) and major hurricanes (five) since 1944 when aircraft reconnaissance of tropical storms and hurricanes began. Other records were also broken: 2008 was the first Atlantic season to have a major hurricane (Category 3+) form in five consecutive months: July: Bertha, August: Gustav, September: Ike, October: Omar, November: Paloma. Four of these five major hurricanes directly impacted the Bank's Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

This high activity is related to several conditions including:

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Colombia: Gobierno invirtió $57 mil millones en atención de emergencias durante 2008

Los recursos fueron desembolsados por Fondo Nacional de Calamidades del Ministerio de Interior y de Justicia, entidad que actualmente tiene en trámite más 17 mil millones de pesos, en proceso de asignación para las regiones más afectadas.

Bogotá, 8 ene (SP). Más de 57 mil millones de pesos invirtió el Gobierno Nacional durante el 2008 para atender las emergencias naturales que se presentaron en los 32 departamentos del país.

De acuerdo con la Dirección Nacional de Prevención y Atención de Desastres, el año anterior se registraron 1.588