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18 Mar 2018 description

Flood mitigation works in the Malgretoute Community, Saint Lucia underway

Sunday, March 18, 2018 — As the rainy season approaches, the OECS Commission and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) continue efforts to strengthen resilience in at-risk communities through flood mitigation initiatives and disaster prevention sensitisation at the community level.

The latest project, a riverbank stabilisation and reforestation initiative along the Fond/Malgretoute River, seeks to reduce flooding in the community of Malgretoute, in Micoud, Saint Lucia.

14 Feb 2018 description


Situated between two rivers – the Grande Rivière in the south and Petite Rivière in the north – the Anse La Raye community in Saint Lucia is naturally flood prone.

In recent years, flood mitigation projects implemented along the rivers have seen a decrease in the severity of floods in the village, however several factors such as the sea swells and overgrowth of the mangrove along the Petite Rivière continue to pose the threat of floods.

12 Feb 2018 description


The Ministry of Health and Wellness, with the support of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), is making a deliberate attempt to strengthen potential gaps in communication services provided during and after hurricanes.

NEMO Director, Velda Joseph, said proper emergency communication measures can guard against severe loss.

09 Feb 2018 description

Friday, February 9, 2018 — The Government of New Zealand has committed to continue flood mitigation works in the coastal community of Anse La Raye in Saint Lucia.

The initial construction of a river stabilisation wall has seen a marked decline in the flooding of properties along the Grande Rivière, especially the Anse La Raye infant school. The new project seeks to extend the protective wall along the beach, in an effort to prevent further soil erosion.

Christopher Prescott, Volunteer at the Anse La Raye Disaster Committee, outlined the benefits of the wall extension.

08 Feb 2018 description


An expert review has been launched into the effectiveness of early warnings in the Caribbean during the devastating 2017 hurricane season in order to strengthen resilience against future disasters.

29 Jan 2018 description

Key points

• The increasingly frequent occurrence of natural disasters due to climate change put the debt sustainability and socioeconomic stability of vulnerable developing countries at risk.

• The international community should review and enhance the tools available to such countries to maintain debt sustainability and mobilize resources for climate change adaptation and developmental transformation.

19 Jan 2018 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.

19 Dec 2017 description

Monday, December 18, 2017 — Twenty representatives of Governments of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States participated to the Third OECS Assembly held in Antigua and Barbuda and honoured by the presence of the President of Cuba President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz.

15 Dec 2017 description

The announcement was made during the Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management to strengthen disaster risk reduction and early warning systems through knowledge exchange

December 9, Nassau, Bahamas. Following the unprecedented destruction caused by some of the most powerful hurricanes to ever cross the Atlantic, the European Union offered 2 million euros (US$2.35 million) to support two Caribbean disaster risk reduction initiatives.

12 Dec 2017 description

December 12, 2017, PARIS – Recent hurricanes have left unprecedented devastation across the Caribbean and it is a traumatic time for all those who live in the region. Whole communities and towns have been decimated, and the global community needs to act quickly and give generously to relieve suffering and help to rebuild. Alongside the on-going emergency response, Caribbean leaders today announced the launch of a new public-private coalition to create the world's first "climate-smart zone".

28 Nov 2017 description

The India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

07 Nov 2017 description

Information on the level of Zika transmission is useful for public health professionals to evaluate the level of risk for people who may be planning to travel to or are recently returning from areas with possible local transmission. The information is updated at least once a month. It is also updated each time a new country reports local vector-borne Zika virus transmission.

31 Oct 2017 description


  • On 24 October, the government of Dominica reopened 20 schools. Five of them were used as collective centres. IOM, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Services, Gender and Family Affairs, developed a strategy to support the voluntary return or relocation of people hosted at schools used as collective centres.

26 Oct 2017 description

CARICOM Media Release

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.

The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.

18 Oct 2017 description

By Julio Berdergué, FAO Regional Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Pablo Aguirre, technical advisor of the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

13 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

Washington, October 13th, 2017-- Leaders and representatives of CARICOM countries and territories, and international partners, including the international financial institutions, and the representatives of territories in the region, convened today in a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings.