CDB Project Boosts Assistance to St. Vincent and the Grenades' Volcano Monitoring Capacity
Vincentians impacted by the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano will be getting over US$135,000 in assistance for relief supplies, volcano monitoring and early warning equipment under the Volcano Ready Project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
Supplies including 500 mattresses, 1500 cases of bottled water and fifty (50) 800-gallon
“We remain truly grateful for CDB’s support as we have seen where the work we have been
“Many initially would have thought that the volcano readiness was a far-off concept but we have now seen how all the preparation we have been doing has helped. It is also
The Project was started in 2017 under the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF) administered by CDB with finances from Canada and the European Union.
“Our Belmont Observatory where scientists currently sit and do the monitoring has been
CDB’s Project Manager of the CDRRF, George Yearwood explained the community engagement approach employed in their support of the project.
“Much has been done under the project to equip some of the island’s most vulnerable in the 12 communities closest to La Soufriere to secure their livelihoods and be prepared for evacuation. Once the volcano erupted
Staying true to its community engagement model, CDB’s Community Development Specialist Richardo Aiken reaffirmed the importance of keeping the community engaged and involved through all project stages. Aiken noted that from the early project stages community engagement surveys were utilised to get feedback from the community. He added that this process has continued in such a way that the community is involved in assessments of livelihoods risks and threats, community profiles, livelihood inventories, stakeholder maps and seasonal calendars. This level of engagement also helped the project to determine effective ways to engage different segments of the community.
“At this phase the lessons from this project will also be important for CDB’s/CDRRF’s Knowledge Management efforts in terms of how we capture best practices and have those replicated in other spaces. The sustainability component is equally important even after the project has pivoted and we can continue to build on these things at
He added that the livelihood baseline assessments (LBA) done with the communities had enabled some of the vulnerable communities near to the volcano to assess potential recovery scenarios prior to the volcano’s eruption.
“The communities have a fair amount of knowledge that they can draw on from the vulnerability studies and livelihood assessments that were done under the project. This knowledge will be very helpful in the rebuilding process,” said Aiken.
La Soufriere volcano erupted
“We will continue to look at how to provide support to St. Vincent