The Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP) is a two-year capacity development initiative of the European Union to support Latin American and Caribbean regional organizations to enhance their conflict and disaster early-warning capabilities through mainly tailored human capacity development measures. Besides the human capacity development measures GCRSP foresees to implement an end-of programme exercise at the end of the GCRSP in November 2016. Please click here for the Terms of Reference.

The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS) of the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Caribbean Regional Stakeholders (CEPREDENAC, CDEMA, and EMIZ) will be conducting a tsunami exercise on March 17, 2016.

Twenty-two participants will take part in a regional early-warning workshop geared towards enhancing the skills needed to establish an organisational early warning capability to support planning, policy making and disaster response in the region. This activity compliments other international efforts in the Caribbean aiming to reduce the impact of potentially devastating disaster events on populations and property. The training is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit based in Barbados from February 29th – March 4th.

Abstract
Residents of the Caribbean islands are vulnerable to many natural hazards, which are becoming more frequent and are engendering more devastating effects. Since prevention of these events is nearly impossible, it is important to examine which factors can reduce the loss of life, enable successful recovery and generate resilience - including the impact of social capital such as social networks and interactions.

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