Bridgetown, Barbados, March 9, 2023 – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has launched its Young Professionals Programme (YPP) aimed at involving the region’s youth in Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management.

Trinidadian national, Mr. Aleem Mahabir and Barbadian, Ms. Adiel Charles, are the first interns selected to take part in the initiative which started in February, and will continue for six months.

The YPP is initially funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Caribbean Climate Resilience Initiative (CCRI) and will offer participants the opportunity to gain work experience through engagement in all technical programme areas of the CDEMA System.

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 11, 2023 – Chairman of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) the Honourable Shawn Edward intends to raise the level of awareness about managing disasters and mitigating the impact as the region continues to face an increasing multi-hazard environment.

He told a media briefing while touring the Barbados-based agency on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 that greater focus must be on expanding public education with a view of getting “people of the region to develop a greater appreciation for disaster management, disaster mitigation, safety” and getting a better understanding of the consequences of disasters on the vulnerable economies of the Caribbean.

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