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PANAMA, 18 January, 2016 - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has launched an awards scheme for 2016 which seeks to support national and regional efforts to reduce disaster loss and the impacts of climate change. CDEMA includes some of the most disaster prone small island States in the world, exposed to sea-level rise, storm surg…
This report describes major activities and events related to the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) in the Americas, and discusses experiences, achievements and challenges in disaster risk reduction (DRR) of all the countries in the region. The report provides summaries of the assessment of achievements during IDNDR, highlighti…
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10 November 2011
By Dizery Salim GENEVA, 10 November 2011 – Eighteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have agreed to tighten up on school safety while also integrating disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum, following high-level talks on education in Panama City. Between 1970 and 2009, over 32,000 schools in South America were damaged or destro…
By David SinghGENEVA, 28 October 2011 – As the number of people in Central America affected by tropical depression 12-E rises to 1.9 million, the UN has launched its second flash appeal in two days and is now asking for US$14.3 million to assist Nicaragua which is being devastated by heavy rainfall and floods. This new appeal is based on preliminary da…
GENEVA, 8 June 2012 - The magnitude 4.0 earthquake recorded off the coast of Antigua on 11 May is "a warning that the Caribbean should prepare for a much more severe earthquake to come," says a leading expert. Seismologist Joan Latchman of the Seismic Research Unit in Trinidad and Tobago said: "Caribbean islands lie in an area of relatively high earthq…
GENEVA, 15 June 2012 - As the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off, all 16 member governments of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have committed for the sixth year in a row to renew their hurricane and earthquake insurance for 2012-2013 and earned themselves a 25% premium rebate. The 16 countries and territories are Anguill…