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China-funded roofing project on Barbuda meets target of 250 homes

St. John, Antigua, June 28th, 2018 (NODS) - The two-million US dollar China-funded roofing restoration project on Barbuda has met and exceeded the target of 250 homes, just days before the June 30 deadline.

The initiative, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, focused on repairing the roofs of houses that received minor and major damage, or those categorized between levels one and three.

CDEMA’s Participation in the Sixth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018, Cartagena, Columbia

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 28th, 2018 (CDEMA) – The Sixth (6th) Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Cartagena, Colombia from the 20th-22nd June 2018 and brought together representatives from governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, parliamentarians and leaders. This year’s theme “Towards a Less Vulnerable Region with more Resilient Communities” was said by Ronald Jackson, Executive Director to CDEMA, to have come at a critical juncture in the CARICOM’s efforts to implement the Sendai Framework Priorities through the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy.

Risk management agencies in the Caribbean created a common strategy for strengthening resilience in the Americas

The representatives of the NDRM-CARIFORUM participated in the sixth edition of the Regional Platform for the reduction of natural risks in the Americas, held in Colombia.

The VI Regional Platform for the reduction of natural risks in the Americas was held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, between June 20th and 22nd of 2018. This sixth edition brought together government agencies, representatives of the private sector, and members of civil society from the different states of the Americas and the Caribbean to exchange experiences and learnings in the field of natural disaster risk management and the strengthening of resilience in the countries and communities of the region.

Gaps Identified as Early Warning Systems Work Advances

National partners in Dominica as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently validated Early Warning Systems (EWS) survey results as continuation of a process to strengthen EWS through leveraging of best practices, tools and knowledge. The survey, which is structured around the four key elements of effective early warning systems, was a simple list of the main elements and actions that national governments or community organizations can refer to when developing or evaluating early warning systems, or simply checking that crucial procedures are in place.

OAS and Chile Announce First Call for Applications for Scholarships on International Disaster Response for CARICOM Countries

The Organization of American States (OAS), in partnership with the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness of Florida International University (FIU), is offering a Disaster Field Operations Course on July 13 – 15, 2018. Citizens of CARICOM member states are encouraged to apply for scholarship consideration by June 27, 2018.

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