Bridgetown, Barbados Wednesday January 12, 2011 (CDEMA) – Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010 was a rude awakening to the urgency for earthquake contingency planning in CDEMA Participating States and a graphic reminder of the need for the region to embrace and implement the core concepts and principles of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).

The events that unfolded in Haiti in the aftermath of the January 2010 quake has jolted recognition of the magnitude of impact that is possible in the absence of comprehensive disaster risk management. The event provided the region with invaluable lessons that can and should inform the way forward in addressing the earthquake hazard. The memories of death, suffering, loss and the immense displays of human compassion have highlighted the need to meaningfully address earthquake readiness in the Caribbean.  Capacity must be built and potential losses minimised.

Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 8, 2010 (CDEMA & ODPEM) - The Prime Minister the Honourable Bruce Golding officially opened the 5th Annual Caribbean Disaster Management Conference at the Opening Ceremony held yesterday, Tuesday December 7, 2010 at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.

Prime Minister Golding who was also the Key Note Speaker at the event commended the conference organizers for the focus on climate change and its impact on disasters. He lamented that a global consensus for climate change was not arrived at in Copenhagen and underscored the need for rapid disbursement of funds earmarked for climate change adaptation and mitigation. He further commented on the need for the global community to consider debt forgiveness for the Caribbean to alleviate the burden of disaster recovery given their vulnerability to climate change.

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