Conference to strengthen region's disaster approach
Regional representatives have convened in St Maarten for the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, which started on Monday.
CDEMA, the regions principle disaster management body, comprises of 18 member states working together to promote disaster preparedness and risk mitigation in the event of natural or manmade hazards.
Chairman of the body’s ministerial council, the Hon Ralph Higgs, said this year’s event promises to be an exciting five days of information gathering and sharing and will also highlight best practices employed around the world and individual CDEMA states.
“In the face of new global weather phenomenon, forecasted to cause more frequent and intense storms, climate change and sea level rise et al, it is imperative that we individually and collectively as a region stay on the cutting edge of information and technology that will help us better manage disaster preparedness pre and post a hazardous event” he said.
Mr Higgs said the meeting provides an opportunity for member states to explore ideas and innovations that can strengthen the regions multi-hazard approach.
This approach, he said, considers all elements of the Disaster Management Cycle: preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery and rehabilitation.
The conference ends on December 6.