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Regional institutions discuss implementation of the Mainstreaming Climate Change into Disaster Risk Management for the Caribbean Region Project
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Bridgetown, Barbados, October 13, 2009, (CDEMA) – Representatives from regional institutions which are at the forefront of climate change adaptation and disaster risk related initiatives will convene at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit in Barbados on Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 16th 2009 to discuss and make recommendations on the implementation of the Mainstreaming Climate Change into Disaster Risk Management for the Caribbean Region (CCDM) Project.

This € 689,425 project is being implemented by the CDEMA with funding support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). It seeks to strengthen regional, national and community level capacity for mitigation, management and coordinated response to natural and technological hazards and the effects of climate change.

The project will benefit from the input of several regional institutions including the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), the Centre for Environment and Natural Resource Management (CERMES), and the Caribbean Farmers Network. These agencies will be represented on the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and a Climate Change Disaster Management Working Group (CCDM-WG) that have been established to provide support for the management of the project as well as technical expertise and experience for more effective interfacing of climate change adaptation with disaster risk management.

Given the focus of the project on building awareness in communities and strengthening the region’s response to the impacts of climate change, meetings of the PSC and CCDM-WG will also include representatives from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS), and focal points for sub-regional response in CDEMA Participating States, specifically, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda.

Thursday’s inaugural meeting of the Project Steering Committee will initiate the establishment of an inventory for existing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction initiatives, as well as, identify opportunities for synergy and provide recommendations for the enhanced implementation of the project.
The Climate Change Disaster Management Working Group (CCDM-WG) which meets on Friday, October 16, will focus on consensus building, information sharing and the initiating of the development of the regional programme for the integration of climate change adaptation in disaster risk reduction.

For more information, please contact:
Nicole Alleyne, Programme Coordinator,(CCDM Project),
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Bldg #1 Manor Lodge Complex
Lodge Hill, St. Michael
Barbados
E-mail: [email protected]; Website: www.cdera.org

 

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