BVI establishes MOU with The CIMA Research Foundation in Italy

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, June 21st, 2013 (DDM) - His Excellency the Governor Mr. Boyd McCleary, CMG, CVO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with the Mr. Franco Siccardi, President of the CIMA Research Foundation International Center of Environmental Monitoring (CIMA RF) Savona, Italy, signaling collaboration in the areas of disaster risk reduction and recovery.

 

The MOU, signed in the Territory, will promote continued collaboration between the CIMA RF and the Government of the Virgin Islands in disaster risk reduction and recovery from environmental, natural and technological hazards particularly within the context of climate change.

Governor McCleary in his discussions with Mr. Siccardi this morning said, “We look forward to future collaboration with CIMA and I am happy to be signing an instrument that will allow for this partnership agreement to continue.”

The MOU indicates that the collaboration will allow for implementation of disaster risk reduction and governance strategies in areas of volunteerism, risk communications, predictability of meteorological extremes, flood modeling, remote sensing, data fusion and assimilation, biodiversity loss and climate change adaptation.

In responding to the Governor Mr. Siccardi said, “We have high expectations for this agreement and we are happy to be signing an instrument that will allow for continued work with the Government of the Virgin Islands. We are certain that we will be able to pursue work in the long term.”

President Siccardi further stated, “This MOU will provide a basis for continued collaboration between CIMA RF and the Government of the Virgin Islands after the ERC Project concludes in December 2013.”

The agreement is a follow up to the Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean Region (ERC) project which seeks to strengthen disaster management mechanisms in the OECS Region and Barbados over the last three years.

This project is being executed by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and with technical support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and CIMA RF.

The Virgin Islands is one of the pilot countries under this 23.5 million Euro Government of Italy funded project. The benefits to the Territory includes the provision of an Automatic Weather Station, development of a Volunteer Management System and National Volunteer Online Registry, development of desktop procedures for Damage Assessment Needs Analysis, testing of the Cruise Ships and other Large Marine Passenger Vessels draft procedures, conduct of a Knowledge, Aptitude and Perception study as well as professional development in the areas of volunteerism and geographical information systems.

His Excellency the Governor, Boyd McCleary signs MOU on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands, and Mr. Franco Siccardi, President of the CIMA Research Foundation International Center of Environmental Monitoring (CIMA RF) Savona, Italy