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Effective disaster risk management (DRM) requires an understanding of the social capacity of potentially affected communities, the environments in which they live and work, and the economic activities that these environments support. The resilience of communities and environments depends on their histories, including patterns of settlement, culture, politics, environmental degradation and stressors. Yet, these historical aspects are frequently overlooked in DRM, which can lead to inappropriate or short-lived solutions. To build resilience effectively, we need to understand communities and ecosystems as products of the past, and use this understanding to develop appropriate short- and long-term responses to disasters and build more resilient futures.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) have formalized their cooperation to enhance and strengthen technical support provided to IAEA Member States in the Caribbean in emergency preparedness and response. A Practical Arrangement outlining the terms of the collaboration was signed by Mr. Luis Longoria, Director of the Technical Cooperation Division for Latin America and the Caribbean (TCLAC), and Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA. The Arrangement will remain valid for a period of three years.

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency wishes to inform National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) and relevant national agencies, responsible for CDM implementation that in keeping with Item 6.5.5 of the Practical Guidelines (January 2016) for the EU External Aid Contracts financed by the EU general budget and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) the closing date for the Fifth (5th)  Call for Proposals (CfP) for the Country Directed Fund is hereby extended to June 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM Atlantic Standard Time.

Barbados, April 10, 2017 (CDEMA) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) - Commonwealth of Dominica has been awarded Euro 9,640.00 to facilitate a review, consultation and update of their draft Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Legislation. The grant funds were awarded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in March 2017 under the Country Directed Fund (CDF), which is financed by the European Union through the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM Programme (NDRM).

Bridgetown, Barbados, April 5th, 2016 (CDEMA) – At the recently concluded Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum held on April 3-4, 2017 in Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reiterated its commitment to championing the Caribbean School Safety initiative towards building a culture of safety within the education sector. Please click here for the complete press release.

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