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 hazards1 due 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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