National Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan and Strategy for Guyana

Civil Defense Commission (CDC), Guyana, November 5th, 2012 - The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) continues to work towards achieving its mandate of promoting disaster risk management in Guyana while at the same time making our people and the nation more resilient to the impacts of adverse events/disasters. This has been accelerated since the unfolding of the January 2005 floods which resulted in economic losses equivalent to 60% of Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The importance of Disaster Risk Management was again highlighted by subsequent floods in 2006, 2009, and 2010.

During the period November 1-2, 2012, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) conducted a workshop geared towards the Designing and Implementation of an Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan. The workshop formed part of a general consultancy entitled Preparation of a National Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan and Implementation Strategy. During the two day workshop there were interactive discourses between the participants and the consultant. The content of the workshop was centered on key concepts of Integrated Disaster Risk Management, Disaster Risk Management in Guyana, the National Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan and Strategy and included eight working group sessions that did presentations on their respective findings arising from their assigned tasks. These findings are intended to inform the development of the plan in keeping with Guyana’s context.

Some of the agencies and ministries participated in this workshop included; National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Hydrometeorological Department, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Fire Service, Guyana Sugar Corporation, Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Group of Insurance, Civil Defence Commission, Maritime Administration, Guyana Telephone & Telegraph, Digicel, Guyana Water Incorporated, Guyana Lands and Survey Commission, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Ministry of Human Services, Guyana Chronicle, Civil Defence Commission Volunteer Corps, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Public Works and Communication, Environmental Protection Agency, Mayor and City Council and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The plan when completed will be the overarching disaster risk management plan and integrate the other plans and standard operations procedures developed by the Civil Defence Commission and its stakeholders while the Implementation Strategy would identify short, medium and long term actions and resources necessary to effect the implementation of the plan.