Pooling resources and sharing strategies at the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference

Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference to be held in Barbados, 27 May – 1 June 2019

Over 350 participants from more than 35 countries and territories will meet at the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference in Barbados, at the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus’ Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, from 27 May to 1 June 2019.

UR Caribbean is a response to regional calls for greater exchange, learning and harmonization of resilient investment and planning strategies, following the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The meeting will bring together policy makers from government ministries and national disaster management agencies, disaster risk management experts, urban planners, insurance industry stakeholders, private sector organizations, NGOs and civil society groups, researchers and academic institutions, multilateral development banks, regional partners, and donors, to address the needs of the region.

During the Conference, participants will identify deficiencies in disaster risk information, share knowledge and best practices, and obtain in-depth training in risk analytics, fiscal resilience, coastal protection, emergency preparedness, and other areas. Global partners will highlight groundbreaking work, facilitate collaboration, and showcase new technical know-how in disaster risk identification.

The core technical themes at the Conference, covered in 21 technical sessions and plenaries, will include:

  • Risk analytics and communication
  • Physical resilience
  • Fiscal resilience
  • Urban resilience
  • Coastal protection
  • Hydromet and early warning systems
  • Community engagement and emergency preparedness

UR Caribbean is organized by the World Bank’s Caribbean Disaster Risk Management team, in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union, and will be hosted by the Government of Barbados.

Event details

DATES: May 27 – June 1, 2019
LOCATION: Barbados
VENUE: University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination

Training workshops to prevent disasters and learn good practices in risk management

The National Institute of Comprehensive Risk Management of the Dominican Republic carried out a series of training workshops to prevent disasters and learn good practices in risk management. The workshops were organised within the framework of the Risk Management Program for Disasters in CARIFORUM, with funds from the European Union and the collaboration of the General Directorate of Multilateral Cooperation.


The geological and climatic characteristics of the Dominican Republic make it highly vulnerable to different risks and disasters.  For this reason, the Dominican government has focused on risk reduction as an essential policy for national development. Reducing the impacts of climate change in the country will lead to poverty reduction, productivity competitiveness, an increase in social investment, as well as protection of the people and the environment.

With this in mind, the government has created the National System for Comprehensive Risk Management, aiming to update the legal and institutional framework with an emphasis on comprehensive risk management and focusing on prevention, mitigation and response.

The training workshops were carried out as part of the implementation of the National Training Plan on Comprehensive Risk Management and is also part of the reinforcement strategy of the National Institute on CRM (ESNAGERI).

Objectives of the project:

  • Approach the conceptual framework and the methodological aspects of the simulations, identifying the skills, competences and aptitudes necessary for its application in the Dominican Republic.
  • Guide the planning, design, organisation, development and evaluation of simulations and of emergencies and disasters.
  • Provide practical tools for the planning, design, organisation, development and evaluation of these exercises.

The expected outcome of the training workshops is to:

  • evaluate the decision-making capacity of the personnel from the agencies for emergencies and disasters, in accordance with the provisions of their plans and procedures;
  • validate the institutional plan for emergency preparedness and response in a specific facility or organization;
  • test inter-institutional or intersectoral coordination mechanisms to deal with emergency situations;
  • train decision makers and those in charge of the execution of emergency response actions in the management of crisis situations and information management;
  • test the relevance and effectiveness of plans, protocols, procedures, guides or other operational emergency response mechanisms;
  • evaluate capacities, use of techniques, tools, resources and other factors that involve practical actions related to the organization of response operations in emergency situations;
  • improve the coordination and application of specific risk reduction techniques and control of consequences by multiple actors and organizations;
  • evaluate general responses of community groups, ad hoc groups, service personnel, response teams and others that have been trained in skills for dealing with specific emergencies.

Project features

Etities in charge: National Institute on Comprehensive Risk Management (ESNAGERI)

Benefiting Zone: The Dominican Republic

Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.

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