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Llandewey Community Development Committee members renew commitment to community development

Tucked in the western foothills of the famous Blue Mountain Range, are the neighboring communities of Llandewey and Ramble, in St. Thomas, Jamaica. Llandewey was originally an area of large sugar plantations stretching across its borders. Chief of these was the plantation, owned by the Jamaican National Hero, George William Gordon, which stretched across the Yallahs River to the border of the community of Ramble. Both sister neighborhoods possess similar terrains, being predominantly hilly with uneven topography. Major landslides in the Upper Yallahs River Watershed have resulted in the river carrying a greater silt load and it scours its banks far more quickly. The effects of severe environmental degradation is visible throughout the communities. The impact is mainly seen in the eroding banks of the Yallahs River that flows through community eating away the mountainside and taking land and homes in its path. Farming historically was, and remains to date, the main occupation of the residents of Llandewey and Ramble. In Ramble, according to the Rural Agricultural Development […]

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Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund’s third call reaps high yields

The Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF) moves into its fourth year of implementation with projections of significant increase in its project portfolio. This, as a result of the decisions made at the recently held Third Project Technical Review Committee (PTRC) meeting where nine of the ten submitted Project Application Documents (PADs) gained favour with the Committee.

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Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund’s third call reaps high yields

The Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF) moves into its fourth year of implementation with projections of significant increase in its project portfolio. This, as a result of the decisions made at the recently held Third Project Technical Review Committee (PTRC) meeting where nine of the ten submitted Project Application Documents (PADs) gained favour with the Committee.

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CDB provides grant for implementation of safe schools programme in six countries

The Caribbean is vulnerable to multiple natural hazards, including hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The education sector is particularly vulnerable, and over the last two decades, this sector has suffered major damage and losses due to the impact of natural hazards. The frequency and intensity of these events are projected to increase as a result of climate change, thereby posing greater threats to the education sector. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has developed a Model Safe School Programme (MSSP) toolkit to address some of these vulnerabilities in the education sector. It provides guidance for the development of a National Safe School Policy and tools for assessing the level of safety and greening of schools. During the period 2014-2015, the toolkit was piloted in four schools in three Caribbean countries. On July 20, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved grant funding of EUR746,000 to CDEMA to further implement the MSSP toolkit in six countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent […]

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CDB to provide grant funding for updated Rio Cobre flood monitoring system

The road through the Bog Walk Gorge in Jamaica is a major thoroughfare for vehicles travelling between the north and south coasts of that island. However, it is at times rendered impassable due to heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and this puts persons in surrounding communities at risk. An automatic flood early warning system was previously installed on the Rio Cobre River, which is interlinked by the Bog Walk Gorge. The system has been rendered inoperable due to lightning strikes that disabled the transmitters. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing grant funding of EUR 219,000 to the Government of Jamaica to upgrade the existing flood monitoring system on the Rio Cobre. Funding is being provided through the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-Caribbean Development Bank Natural Disaster Risk Management (ACP-EU-CDB NDRM) in CARIFORUM Countries Programme. The Rio Cobre is the third largest watershed management unit in Jamaica, and includes large sections of Spanish Town and the fast growing municipality of Portmore. “Flooding of the Rio Cobre puts a number […]

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CDB grant to build regional capacity for climate forecasting

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have approved EUR 773,000 in grant funding to enhance regional resilience to climate variability and change. The grant will be provided to the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), and will be used to strengthen national and regional institutional capacity for weather and climate forecasting. “Severe weather events produce some of the most significant negative socio-economic impacts in the region and climate change is predicted to increase both the frequency and intensity of these events. Without appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures, these events will continue to hamper the development of the region. Equipping policy-planners and the most vulnerable communities with early climate/weather information and advisories to anticipate climate-related shocks and changes is crucial to inform planning for climate resilience and disaster risk management,” said Cheryl Dixon, Coordinator, Environmental Sustainability Unit, CDB. CIMH has been using a Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Platform to provide weather predictions for the Caribbean. The project will provide training for regional stakeholders […]

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Climate change impacts to be discussed at CDB’s 47th Annual Meeting

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The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is calling attention to the work that remains to be done to strengthen the Region’s resilience to climate change impacts. On May 24, 2017, CDB will host a seminar to review the Caribbean’s gains in climate adaptation and mitigation, and to examine the implementation of the Bank’s Climate Resilience Strategy 2012-2017. The event will be held during the 47th Annual Meeting of CDB’s Board of Governors, in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.  “Our presentation will reflect critically on the implementation of the Bank’s existing Climate Resilience Strategy, and address lessons learnt in the integration of climate considerations in CDB’s work programme. These discussions are especially relevant and timely as we prepare our ‘Climate Resilience Strategy Update 2018-2023’,” said Cheryl Dixon, Coordinator, Environmental Sustainability Unit, CDB. Panellists include Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development, Government of Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; Pim Van Ballekom, Vice-President, European Investment Bank and Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer, […]

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Natural Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Programme

        The Natural Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Programme is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, funded by the European Union (EU). It supports disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) activities in the CARIFORUM countries. The EUR20 million five-year ACP-EU NDRM Programme, launched in July 2014, is being co-implemented by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of the Dominican Republic (DR). NDRM is part of a longstanding cooperation that brings together partner entities from ACP countries, which are active on disaster and climate resilience, and to which the EU committed more than EUR320 million over the period 2008 to 2013. Beneficiary countries of this funding are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Objective The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to reducing vulnerability to the […]

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