Implementation of the Risk Reduction Management Centre

What is the project about?

 Local government representatives at the St. Catherine Parish Council meeting watch ODPEM representative Aikens-Mitchell introduce disaster risk management. PHOTO CREDIT: Farahnaz Mohammed / UNDP Jamaica.

The Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (Phase Two) Project combines aspects of UNDP’s corporate strategic plan (2008-2011) from operation areas of Crisis prevention and recovery – disaster risk reduction and environment and sustainable development – promoting adaptation to climate change. The project falls under focus areas three and four from the RBLAC regional plan and the RBLAC key results areas Strengthened regional, national and local capacities to manage and mitigate the risks of disasters; and strengthened regional capacity to adapt to climate change. This initiative supports Jamaica’s UNDAF (2012-2016) Pillar 1 – National, local authorities and most vulnerable communities island-wide improve natural resource management and resilience to disasters, as well as UNDP Jamaica’s Country Programme Action Plan (2012-2016) Outcome 6 – Policy and institutional framework strengthened to manage natural resources including parks and protected areas and resilience build for the reduction of vulnerability to natural disasters and impacts from climate change.

Capacity in the Caribbean for managing climate-induced disaster risk is low despite gains made by the Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI) Phase One and other initiatives undertaken by regional governments, the United Nations, and other development partners. To develop such capacity, this project will establish throughout the region, disaster risk reduction centres which will map hazards, vulnerability and risk due to climate change and geological hazards and be part of the national early warning system at the local government and community level. The project will support collection and generation of data on climate and the development of accurate climate change scenarios for key economic sectors to inform effective adaptation to climate change within the highly vulnerable SIDS of the Caribbean.

On 03 May 2013, UNDP CO signed the Agreement of Technical Assistance with the UNDP Regional Service Centre for replication in Jamaica of the Cuban Model of Risk Reduction Management Centres with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) implementing the project, in association with the St. Catherine Parish Council.

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Who Finances It?

Donor Amount (USD$)
BCPR (in cash) 25,000
ODPEM (in kind) 20,500
UNDP CO Jamaica (in cash) 2,000

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