Tuesday, November 13, 2018 — Today marks the globally celebrated Geographic Information System (GIS) Day which shines a spotlight on a leading technology which is helping tackle climate change, food security, disasters and poverty in OECS Member States.
The technology which uses satellite imagery, can electronically collect, store, analyse and share spatial data from health statistics to land clearing, population movements and post-hurricane destruction to help inform better policy and decision making.
OECS Media Release
Monday, October 22, 2018 — Trinidad and Tobago: In the wake of the devastating flooding which has inundated parts of the nation and left thousands stranded, the OECS Commission has expressed its readiness to share its disaster mitigation knowledge with the people and Government of the twin island state.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 — The OECS 5th Council of Ministers of Environment and Sustainability (COMES5) Meeting concluded on the evening of Wednesday, July 11 with Ministers of Environment identifying several areas for greater collaboration and unified action, to address a number of climate change issues affecting the region.
Friday, July 20, 2018 — The public and private sector and civil society groups in St. Kitts and Nevis participated in a second national consultation from July 10-12, 2018 to develop a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to address the impacts of climate change and build resilience.
Monday, May 14, 2018 — Tuesday 8th May saw the launch of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Climate Change Implementation Plan. The Plan is the final output of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Climate Change Implementation Project which was funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and executed by Carbon Trust Advisory Ltd. and Climate Analytics in partnership with the OECS Commission.
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.
Media Release: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism
Saturday, February 24, 2018 — BELIZE CITY, BELIZE - We know from the devastation wrought in the Caribbean last September by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, just how important it is for the region to step up its game in tackling climate change and the risks posed by natural disasters.
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.
Friday, December 22, 2017 — The OECS Commission partnered with Ectel, the Embassy of New-Zealand, and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to provide Christmas gifts to over two hundred (200) Dominican children affected by hurricane Maria.
The Dominica Toy Drive launched on November 17, recently ended collecting 250 toys. Additionnal 250 snacks were purchased with funds from the Commission's Social Committee Account.
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.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 — The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is supporting the work of the OECS Commission’s Agricultural Unit to help redevelop Dominica’s food production sector which was left decimated with the passage of Hurricane Maria.
To date in excess of 130,000 seedlings have been planted in Dominica with many having been distibuted to the island's famers.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 — The OECS Commission's Education Development Management Unit and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) have collaborated to provide continuity in teaching to hurricane affected students in the British Virgin Island, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, using Notemaster, a custom built learning environment that allows students open access to knowledge and educational resources and to collaborate remotely while learning.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — It has been just over a month since the Eastern Caribbean’s ‘food bowl’ was left bare following a direct hit from one of the strongest hurricanes to pass through the Caribbean basin – Hurricane Maria.
Agricultural stakeholders in the sub-region, both private and public, are actively supporting efforts to ensure the future of Dominica’s agriculture sector through the replanting of fast growing crops paired with dedicated supervision and the use of quality fertilizers.
Statement from Your Caribbean Nation (YCN)
Friday, October 27, 2017 — Your Caribbean Nation (YCN) is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to assisting the Caribbean through Medical Missions as a result of natural disasters. The medical team is scheduled to arrive in Dominica on October 28th through November 4th to provide much needed healthcare services and medication.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 — 214 children from Barbuda received psycho social assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the *Return to Happiness Programme* implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian delegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.
Friday, October 13, 2017 — Agriculture revitalization has begun in Dominica following the passage of hurricane Maria last month. A seedlings project coordinated by the OECS Commission, FAO, CARDI and an agriculture consultant has been undertaken to ensure the self-sufficiency of the country. Over 100,000 fast growing seeds were recently planted and the first harvest is expected in four weeks.
Emergency Relief Report Update
Thursday, October 5, 2017 — The OECS Commission continues to mobilise emergency relief to OECS Member States impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The following note summarises operations to October 05, 2017
NB: The National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela have now concluded their successful cargo drop missions into Dominica and an update on their activities will be provided later today 05, October 2017.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — In the light of the mobilization to contribute to the recovery of OECS Member States impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the OECS Commission would like to bring to your attention the following operations completed on October 3:
A Venezuelan C 130 aircraft collected food and water supplies from Grenada to deliver at Douglas Charles airport.
A Venezuelan helicopter ensured delivery of food from the airport and the ports to the remote communities of Dominica.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — The UK based humanitarian organization Khalsa Aid has helped provide emergency relief to Anguilla and is now focusing their efforts on Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Maria. They join other international non-profit organizations that have been mobilizing to contribute to the region's recovery.
Thursday, September 28, 2017 — The OECS Commission has raised much needed relief items for citizens of Dominica through the efforts of staff, family members and friends who have donated generously. A shipment of supplies left for Dominica this week where it is has been distributed with the assistance of the Commission’s Dominica office.