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Caribbean Regional Disaster Response and Management Mechanisms: Prospects and Challenges

The increasing intensity and frequency with which disasters are being experienced worldwide demonstrate the critical need to enhance disaster risk management. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable for a number of reasons and face a range of disasters, both natural and man-made (UNDP 2011). As the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recognized, Caribbean countries are vulnerable to a range of hazardsdue to, and often exacerbated by, their “...geology, tectonic setting, location and topography,” as well as their “...poor land use and environmental management practices” (UNDP 2011:1). 

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in my humble view i suggest there should be a strong collaboration and parrtnership at both regional and international levels to build the technical capacity for effective disaster policy implementation. At the international level a disaster management fund should be set up permanently to  serve as support mechanism for effective response to disasters as and when they occur. Insurance for agriculture activities should also be considered.

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Laura Tita
19 March 2015

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