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