WHAT IS CRIS?
The Caribbean Risk Information System (CRIS) is a multi-faceted virtual platform that hosts risk management data and information accessible to stakeholders to facilitate analysis, research, greater awareness of risk management and climate change adaptation in the region. The CRIS contributes to the region’s sustainable development efforts by enhancing and strengthening disaster risk and climate change information sharing to drive evidence-based decision-making processes at all levels.
Through its three major components (GeoCRIS, Virtual Library and Databases), stakeholders can access a range of information products to benefit CDEMA’s 19 participating states.
The GeoCRIS component provides access to geospatial data for each of the participating states.
The virtual library hosts documents including CDEMA and partner products, climate change adaptation information and CDM Sector resources.
The Databases component provides knowledge on disaster events, early warning systems and risk profiles.
The CRIS will also host a live emergency log with real time information as an event unfolds to inform decision-making processes.
In order to improve information and knowledge sharing throughout the CDEMA system, the CRIS provides access to information on all hazards including climate induced hazards and how to reduce risk from disasters to build disaster resilient states and promote regional sustainable development. The CRIS therefore facilitates the delivery of the CDEMA Clearing House function as articulated in the Agreement Establishing the CDEMA.
The CRIS platform falls in line with the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy 2014-2024 - Increasing knowledge management and learning for informed decision making. It also seeks to solve challenges which arise in coordinating fact-based information systems. These include:
- Lack of data and information
- Un-sustained hosting capacities
- Poor access to data and information
The GeoCRIS includes the Caribbean Handbook on Risk Information Management (CHaRIM), which was developed by the World Bank.
The data from the CHaRIM GeoNode is integrated into the GeoCRIS to facilitate evidence-based decision making and development planning processes.
It is also CDEMA’s mandate to develop and maintain a comprehensive and reliable database of all relevant resources necessary to achieve the objectives of CDEMA and a system for updating such database.
Therefore, the CRIS through its Virtual Library, serves as a repository of key disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation documents including but not limited to model documents: policies, plans, procedures, guidelines, reports and profiles.