Disaster Risk Management

The Caribbean region is vulnerable to many different natural hazards, including floods and droughts; tropical storms and hurricanes; landslides; earthquakes; tsunamis and volcanic events. These natural hazards change the natural environment and result in social and economic disruption, trauma, property damage and loss of life.

Damage to Sandy Gully, Kingston, Jamaica following Tropical Storm Gustav, August 2008

Climate change resulting from global warming is ongoing and the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts rising temperatures, accentuated sea level rise, changing precipitation patterns, ocean acidification, and more extreme weather events (including stronger hurricanes) for the Caribbean region.

Since 1974, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has been responding to requests from its member countries for assistance with post-disaster rehabilitation. The Disaster Management Strategy and Operational Guidelines 2009, provide a comprehensive approach to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Climate Change Response

2009

2008

Establishment of an Information Clearinghouse at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

On July 24, 2008, the Board of Directors approved a grant to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre for the establishment of an Information Clearinghouse to 1. Support the scientific research component of the Centre’s work programme, and 2. Improve access to scientifically credible knowledge resources and tools necessary to support sound decision-making concerning climate change and sustainable development. The activities will include: procuring hardware and software to improve data storage to establish an Information Clearinghouse, project management and short-term specialized services to design, establish and provide initial operational support for the Information Clearinghouse.