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CDB approves funds to strengthen disaster risk management capacity


CDB approves funds to strengthen disaster risk management capacity

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THE BARBADOS BASED Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved grant funding to the Government of Jamaica to strengthen the disaster risk management capacity of Portmore Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The bank says the technical assistance will provide resources to revise the Portmore multi-hazard risk profile and disaster risk management (DRM) plan; improve the natural hazards and vulnerability geographical information system (GIS) database, and strengthen the GIS capacity of PMC.

Due to its location, geology and socio-economic factors, Portmore, located in the central parish of St Catherine, is considered to be one of the most vulnerable municipalities in Jamaica to natural hazards, mainly coastal and riverine floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.

“Through this technical assistance grant, the Portmore Municipal Corporation will gain access to the necessary tools, and updated and reliable hazard risk data; make evidenced-based decisions in respect to disaster risk management enabling them to effectively coordinate DRM activities and mainstream DRM into its work programme,” said Cheryl Dixon, Coordinator of the CDB’s Environmental Sustainability Unit.

The EUR332 000 (US$376 372.75) grant, will be allocated from resources provided under the African Caribbean Pacific European Union (ACP-EU) CDB Natural Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) in the CARIFORUM countries programme.

The ACP-EU NDRM Programme is an initiative of the ACP Group funded by the EU and implemented by CDB, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic.

It seeks to strengthen regional, national and community-level capacities for preparedness, management and coordinated interventions, and timely response to natural hazards and the effects of climate change. (CMC)