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.


The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to reducing vulnerability to the long-term impacts of natural hazards, including the potential impacts of climate change; thereby achieving regional and national sustainable development and poverty reduction goals in the CARIFORUM Countries. Specifically, NDRM seeks to strengthen regional, national and community-level capacities for preparedness, management and coordinated interventions, and timely response to natural hazards and the effects of climate change.

Expected Results

NDRM works towards four expected results that are being implemented by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (Result 1), the Caribbean Development Bank (Results 2 and 3) and the Dominican Republic (Result 4).

Result 1

Capacity of National Disaster Offices and CDEMA’s Coordinating Unit strengthened.

Under this Result area, NDRM aims to strengthen the capacities of relevant agencies across the Region that are the main coordinating bodies for the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy in the Region.

Result 2

Local, national and regional resilience through strengthened early warning systems, national risk profiling and community based DRR and CCA.

Under this Result area, NDRM will strengthen local community resilience to the potential impacts of natural hazards and climatic events and institutional capacities for national level warning, data analysis, modelling and application in prioritised areas.

Current projects under CDB components

Result 3

Sector resilience strengthened in key public sectors through DRR and CCA mainstreaming.

Under this Result, the Programme seeks to reduce or remove the existing barriers in the public sector, particularly at the level of Ministries of Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs, for mainstreaming DRR and CCA. This will create opportunities to integrate DRR and CCA considerations into the planning and decision-making frameworks, as well as make critical infrastructure in the water and transportation sectors more resilient to natural hazards.

Current projects under CDB components

Result 4

Organisational and functional structures and capabilities of the National System for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (SN-GIRD) in the Dominican Republic strengthened.

Under this Result area, a contracted national authorising officer will implement actions on behalf of the DR in line with NDRM’s main objective and purpose, as the DR is neither a member of CDB nor CDEMA.

CDB Methodology and the NDRM Programme

Funded to the value of EUR12,294,300 from the 10th European Development Fund, CDB is implementing activities in Result areas 2 and 3 through its Environmental Sustainability Unit and Economic Infrastructure Division.

Supporting partners include: ACP-EU Secretariat; ACP-EU Natural Disaster Facility; Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology; Caribbean Meteorological Organisation; CARIFORUM Secretariat; Council for Trade and Economic Development; and the University of the West Indies’ Disaster Risk Reduction Centre, in collaboration with national disaster management agencies/offices, line ministries and communities.

Result 2 will advance two mechanisms of CDB currently being implemented. These are the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF) and the Disaster Management Strategy and Operational Guidelines (DiMSOG). CDB has undertaken actions to engage borrowing member countries (BMCs) and generate demand from within.

Outcome 2.1

Community-based DRR and CCA activities conducted, building upon and replicating/scaling up ongoing regional and national initiatives (including lessons learned and experiences from community-based DRR and CCA activities).

Outcome 2.2

Early warning systems and related capacities strengthened at regional and national levels, building on recent progress made through ongoing EU-funded projects and others.

Outcome 2.3

National risk profiles undertaken in countries in the Region to provide evidence-based understanding of the type, magnitude and special distribution of disaster risks to which states are most prone and assist in providing valuable input to development planning, decision-making and strategic planning for improved response.

Result 3 is being implemented through the Economic Infrastructure Division’s normal work programme using current Project Cycle Management procedures. Result 3 will see the development and piloting of water and road transport sector  resilience assessment methods and tools in BMCs. As part of the process for developing the tools, the following activities will be carried out:

(i) Climate Vulnerability Assessments;
(ii) Assessment of Relevant Policies, Plans, Strategies Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing Water and Road Transport;
(iii) Development of a Water and Road Sector Resilience Index;
(iv) Manual or a Package of Materials that would provide guidance for Increasing the Resilience of the Water and Road Transport Sectors;
(v) Prioritisation of Investments for Water and Road Infrastructures; and
(vi) Awareness and Training of Trainers’ Workshops on Water and Road Sector Resilience Assessment.

Outcome 3.1

Barriers assessed and opportunities created for mainstreaming DRR and CCA in the public sector; particularly, at the level of ministries with responsibility for finance, planning and economic affairs.

Outcome 3.2

Critical infrastructure in the transportation and water sectors in CARIFORUM countries made more resilient to natural hazards and better prepared for climate change and climate variability.

Accessing NDRM

NDRM is open to CARIFORUM communities, non-state actors including civil society organisations, non-government organisations and private sector entities operating in communities, as well as Government ministries with responsibilities for economic planning, transportation, finance and water.

NDRM funds are being disbursed by way of competitive grants.


Environmental Sustainability Unit
Tel: +1 (246) 431-1600


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