CDERA’s 16th Meeting of the Board of Directors
13, 2006 - The Emergency Disaster Managers of the Caribbean Disaster
Emergency Response Agency’s (CDERA) Participating States will gather in Belize
on April 20 – 21, 2006, to review the CDERA initiatives over the last year and
consider work plans for 2006 – 2007. The occasion will be the sixteenth Meeting
of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency.
The Meeting is
taking place at a time when the region is preparing for a hurricane season that
is anticipated to be above average. The Directors will be updated on enhanced
protocols and tools which were revised based on the lessons identified and
learnt from the disaster events of 2004 and 2005. Under consideration will be a
model Relief Policy, Plan and Standard Operating Procedures, a Damage and Needs
Analysis Framework and a Search and Rescue Plan. These products were developed
with Post-Hurricane Ivan financing provided by the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) and the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS).
The Board will
also receive an update on and discuss efforts to improve donor coordination in
support of the Regional Strategy for Comprehensive Disaster Management.
A key item on the
agenda of the Regional Emergency Managers will be disaster preparedness for
Cricket World Cup 2007.
meeting of the Disaster Preparedness Sub-Committee of the CARICOM Ministers of
National Security will precede the Board Meeting. A key item on the agenda
will be the statutes of contingency preparations for Cricket World Cup 2007.
This meeting will also seek to identify critical resource needs and develop an
action plan for ensuring full readiness for this major regional mass event.
backdrop of growing regional and international concern about climate change and
the implications for hurricane activity, coastal flooding and other hazards, the
emergency professionals will engage climate change experts in a dialogue on risk
management scenarios. This is being facilitated through a joint initiative
between CDERA and the Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change Project (MACC).
CDERA’s Coordinator, Jeremy Collymore, “The Meeting is another critical step in
the elaboration of the regional policy architecture for building resilient
CDERA will be
celebrating its sixteenth anniversary as the region’s leading disaster
management agency in September 2006.
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