DDM Director attends CDEMA Technical Advisory Meeting in Bahamas

Tortola, VI, May 26, 2010 (DDM) - This week the Director of Disaster Management, Ms. Sharleen DaBreo is attending the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in Nassau, Bahamas.

This is the first meeting since the transition from CDERA to CDEMA in September last year and is being hosted by the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is a new section under the governance of CDEMA which is designed to provide support and input into  strengthening and developing programmes related to Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) within the 18 CDEMA participating states and to support the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of these programmes at the national, regional and international levels.

The week will begin with a presentation from the UNISDR on the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) monitoring and review for the period 2009-2011. The HFA  allows for the measurement of local disaster management programmes to capture key trends, areas of progress and challenges with regards to achieving the strategic goals of the HFA and the national level strategic plans.

Ms. DaBreo said, “It is important that the Virgin Islands continue its membership with CDEMA and ensure that relationships are maintained with the United National International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and other international and regional partners to ensure the continued development of the Territory’s disaster management programme.”  

DaBreo noted that a paper was recently presented to Cabinet outlining the new changes in the CDEMA mechanism and the benefits being derived from membership in this organization. Cabinet expressed their full commitment to the CDEMA machinery and acknowledged the support that is being provided to the Territory’s disaster management programme.  The Premier signed the formal Agreement establishing the new CDEMA Mechanism on May 25th 2009.  

This year’s TAC meeting will dedicate significant time to examining the enabling environment in each country to deliver the CDM mandate. On Thursday 27th May, local consulting firm Sage Consulting Services will make a presentation to the TAC members, which comprise 18 countries as well as donors and other technical partners in disaster management, on the Virgin Islands CDM Monitoring, Evaluating and Reporting (ME&R) framework and system which was developed in 2009.  

This ME&R process is the first of its kind in place within the CDEMA participating states and is being proposed as a model for replication among other participating states. Ms. DaBreo said, “We will continue to make efforts to build technical capacity at the national level to ensure that local companies such as Sage Consulting Services can serve as key partners in advancing CDM within the Territory and the wider Caribbean Region.”

The TAC meeting will be followed by the 1st Meeting of the Council of CDEMA which is proposed for June 24-25, 2010 in Barbados. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Mrs. Rosalie Adams will represent the Premier at this meeting. The CDEMA Council is the supreme policy making body comprised of the Heads of Government of the Participating States and meets annually to review the work of the Agency, approve its Work Programme and Administrative Budget and make any other major policy decisions required.


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