Caribbean Countries United to Reduce Disaster Risk

Santo Domingo, 27 April 2018 – This past 5 and 6 April, the Dominican Republic hosted the Regional Summit to Exchange Innovative Experiences and Lessons Learned in Disaster Risk Reduction.

The event took place in Juan Dolio and was organised by the National Emergency Commission in coordination with the Dominican Directorate General for Multilateral Cooperation, as part of the Project for the Strengthening of Organisational-Functional Structures for Disaster Risk Management in the Dominican Republic, financed by the European Union. A key theme of the Summit was the importance of a concerted, coordinated approach to disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean region, and the need to enhance the sharing of tools and best practices in order to reach a wider range of operators more effectively.

The Summit focused on an exchange of lessons learned following the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria, with the goal of identifying and sharing experiences, best practices and the main challenges faced by the region. The Caribbean States also affirmed their commitment to further solidifying coordinated efforts to promote measures that improve natural disaster risk reduction (DRR) and develop the region’s resilience.

The Dominican Republic participates in the Caribbean Region’s Natural Disaster Management Programme (NDRM), financed by the European Union to reduce disaster risk and to combat climate change. Once again, the Dominican nation has proven that it is committed to promoting alliances and strategies that will strengthen public policies and develop collaborative measures to deal with this issue, which is of the gravest concern to all actors in the region.

Participants in the Summit concluded that DRR must be viewed as a comprehensive task in order to increase the effectiveness of best practices. They also reiterated their commitment to working with international cooperation entities such as the European Union.

Participant Sandra Amlang, representing the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), underlined the importance of these summits to foster awareness of public-private alliances to combat disaster risk.

The Summit brought together over 170 participants, including government representatives of national, regional and international institutions, members of the NDRM Programme, representatives of the Dominican Republic, international organisations, local operators, members of the private sector, scholars, specialists, NGO’s, decision makers, public policy makers and specialists in risk management and climate change in the Caribbean region.