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Thursday, April 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.

Additionally, a 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.

Against the 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).

According to CDERA’s Coordinator, Jeremy Collymore, “The Meeting is another critical step in the elaboration of the regional policy architecture for building resilient communities”.

CDERA will be celebrating its sixteenth anniversary as the region’s leading disaster management agency  in September 2006.


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