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Basic Information

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2007-07-12 — 2020-09-30



This project aims to improve the ability of the Caribbean region to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, and reduce their impact on people. The project works with regional organizations, national governments and local communities. It supports the implementation of the disaster risk management framework adopted by the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The project is a responsive fund that supports initiatives led by organizations such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency that improves coordination and disaster preparedness at local, national, and regional levels and encourages the integration of disaster risk management into policies, planning, and decision-making in the public and private sectors.

The project also supports the Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund, a local fund that provides assistance to non-governmental organizations, community groups, and government agencies undertaking small-scale projects at the community level.


  • Environmental education/training (041081): 50%
Emergency assistance
  • Disaster prevention and preparedness (074010): 50%


Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) a harmonized, regional Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework (2007) supported by regional institutions and national governments is implemented; and (2) Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management is integrated into environmental governance and development planning at the national level.

Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) 17 countries now have Country Work Programmes to guide their efforts in Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM); (2) nine countries have a national CDM Policy and/or Strategy; (3) 11 countries have draft national CDM legislation; (4) the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Co-ordinating Unit was strengthened; (5) a regional CDM Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting framework was created; (6) 18 countries were able to access direct funding for implementation of various elements of their country work programme; (7) a new safe school programme was established; (8) 288 artisans were trained in safer building techniques; (9) five key economic sectors were supported to implement CDM initiatives; and (10) 25 communities have improved their ability in disaster preparedness and management. Since its inception in 2008, the Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund has supported 28 sub-projects in 13 countries. Fifteen of those sub-projects, totalling $808,822.99, have been completed and the remaining 13 are currently being implemented. These sub-projects help to increase community capacity to mitigate natural hazard and climate change risks by helping to retrofit community buildings for use as shelters, support land stabilisation efforts, and design and implement effective early warning, emergency communication and water harvesting systems. These results have contributed to reducing exposure to climate change disaster risk in the participating Caribbean countries.

This project is part of Canada’s commitment to climate change action in developing countries. The Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund is supporting communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change and increase their resilience to extreme weather events.

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