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Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), convened a one-day meeting of regional agencies on Wednesday, to discuss opportunities for improving response to disasters. The meeting, held in Barbados, came against the background of intense disaster events in 2004 – 2005.

Co-ordinator of CDERA, Mr. Jeremy Collymore, said this was an integral part of the broad-based efforts among regional stakeholders, to share experience and lessons learnt from the management of these challenging events.

The events of the past seven months, he added, have underscored the need to re-examine the regional arrangements for responding to disasters in member states of the Caribbean Community. The review will examine the capacity of each agency to respond to disasters, as part of CDERA’s Regional Response Mechanism (RRM).

The agencies invited to attend were: the Caribbean Development Bank; the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute; the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre; the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology; Caribbean Tourism Organization; Insurance Association of the Caribbean; Organization of Eastern States -Environmental and Sustainable Development Unit; the Seismic Research Unit; the University of the West Indies and CARDI.

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