Financial Aid to the Caribbean for Disaster Risk Reduction
The impact of disasters caused by extreme natural phenomena in the Caribbean region is constantly on the rise, despite national and regional efforts to prepare, respond and mitigate the worst effects.
To address this increasing concern, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), jointly with its partners the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 21st to 23rd September with regional and national stakeholders and promoters of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), in a planning workshop.
Since 1994, the European Commission’s total financial aid to the Caribbean amounts to 488.3 million Euros. Of this, 332 million has been dedicated to Haiti, notably to support the response to the devastating earthquake of 12th January, 2010, the cholera epidemic, food insecurity and disaster preparedness. The remaining 156 million Euros was allocated in humanitarian aid to the Caribbean, supporting response to emergencies and disaster preparedness activities.
As global strategic partner to UNISDR, ECHO’s support has been instrumental since 2005 in upholding the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 – as with its predecessor, the Hyogo Framework for Action. ECHO has also developed essential tools and processes which have strengthened the leadership of risk management systems, their capacity for emergency planning and the definition of priorities for disaster risk reduction.
The workshop fostered the coordination, exchange and synergies between partners, projects and allies of the DIPECHO DRR Plan for the Caribbean 2015-2016 in the region’s many countries.
To articulate a coordinated vision of DRR processes, roundtables focused on: The international, regional and national scenarios for DRR; From global frameworks to on-the-ground operations; Early warning systems; Communication and a common approach.
DRR projects were analysed and coordinated, so as to keep supporting the national and local institutions that manage disaster risk.