Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

  • Photo of Climate Change and Health in the Caribbean to be focus of regional conference next week

    Climate Change and Health in the Caribbean to be focus of regional conference next week

    A virtual Conference on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a Focus on the Caribbean, will be held from 5-8 October 2021. The Conference will address the science of Climate Change and Health in the Caribbean, identifying knowledge gaps, posing solutions, and promoting resource sharing, networking, and empowerment.  CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett will be…

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  • Photo of Elizabeth Riley appointed Executive Director of CDEMA

    Elizabeth Riley appointed Executive Director of CDEMA

    (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Press Release) The Chairman of the Council of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Honorable Vincent Byron Jr, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, St Kitts-Nevis, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Riley as Executive Director of the Agency with effect from July 1, 2021. Ms. Riley,…

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  • Photo of Region needs to strengthen its resolve to advance a green resilient recovery post-COVID-19: CARICOM SG to USAID Climate Change Symposium

    Region needs to strengthen its resolve to advance a green resilient recovery post-COVID-19: CARICOM SG to USAID Climate Change Symposium

    “All of us gathered here are well-seized of the fact that climate change and the pandemic, as separate occurrences, are devastating for CARICOM Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS).  That double threat compounded by the recent eruption of La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has stretched our limited human and financial resources. “This has been…

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  • Photo of Volcano affected SVG also hit by flooding

    Volcano affected SVG also hit by flooding

    CDEMA – The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), St. Vincent and the Grenadines reported that flooding and landslides have occurred in several areas on mainland St. Vincent as a result of heavy rainfall. ● The Red Zone is likely to be impacted by mudflows as ash deposits are thickest in these areas and the absence of trees means that all…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have received proposals for dealing with the possibility of responding to a hurricane within the COVID-19 outbreak. At their 11th Special Meeting held by video conference on Monday 17 August, the Heads of Government recognised that such an occurrence would add a significant layer of complexity and would have an impact on…

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  • Photo of CDEMA and the UN convene Caribbean Partner Donor Group Meeting amid COVID-19 crisis
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    CDEMA and the UN convene Caribbean Partner Donor Group Meeting amid COVID-19 crisis

    Bridgetown, Barbados, April 3rd, 2020 (CDEMA) – As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold in the region, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations Resident Coordinators’ Offices in the Caribbean convened the 2nd meeting of the Caribbean Partner Donor Group on Thursday April 2, 2020. The virtual meeting had representatives from 18 regional and international agencies…

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  • Photo of CDEMA, UNOCHA host data, information management training in Barbados

    CDEMA, UNOCHA host data, information management training in Barbados

    (Barbados Today) In efforts to improve collaboration and coordination of information and data management among ministries and agencies before, during and after a disaster event, members of the national disaster management system in Barbados and given its role as a sub-regional focal point for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) benefited from a data and information management training workshop,…

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  • Photo of Statement by Prime Minister Rowley: Government Leading Rescue and Relief Mission

    Statement by Prime Minister Rowley: Government Leading Rescue and Relief Mission

    I have been receiving timely updates from the relevant Government agencies responsible for spearheading the ongoing rescue operations as well as those coordinating relief efforts in the communities affected by severe flooding. Throughout the night and into this morning the men and women of our protective services and the various Regional Corporations have been working diligently on the ground to…

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  • Photo of European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries

    European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries

    Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the EU and from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are meeting in Brussels on 16-17 July. In the margins of the 2nd EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers Meeting, Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, has signed three new agreements with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs of Dominica, Francine…

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  • Caribbean storms show urgency of rethinking aid for small island states

    A series of devastating storms in the Caribbean has highlighted the vulnerability of small island states, where a single hurricane can undo years of development and plunge prosperous households into poverty from one day to the next. Hurricane Irma turned 90 percent of homes on Barbuda to rubble and left financial losses of USD 100-200 million. Hurricane Maria has knocked…

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