Wherever the next emergency occurs, UNDP is likely to be there to help bridge the gap between emergency relief and long-term development. This is achieved through:
The Western Caribbean Donor Group
UNDP continues to support the UN Resident Coordinator as co-chair of the Western Caribbean Donor Group (WCDG) which is the mechanism for a coordinated donor response to disaster situations. UNDP both participates in and coordinates the response in support of emergency humanitarian aid.
Supporting the Enhancement of National Capacity for Crisis Prevention & Recovery
UNDP also manages the coordinated UN response mechanism to source appropriate funds for early recovery through its Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) partner in Panama.
In particular, UNDP has supported the development and implementation of Early Recovery Plans after the devastation of Tropical Storms and hurricanes and has supported a key study on the hazard risks of Portmore, one of Jamaica's most vulnerable communities. The study also gave projections for the socioeconomic impact that would be sustained from a major earthquake in that community.
Caribbean Risk Management Initiative
Jamaica is one of the beneficiaries of the Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI) II project is designed to build capacity across the Caribbean region for the management of climate-related risk. The CRMI II is led by the Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) UNDP Office, in close collaboration with partners and other UNDP Country Offices in the region. In Jamaica the initiative has been supported by the UNDP Country Office and the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).
Other key initiatives supported by UNDP have included:
- A regional disaster risk reduction centre for academic research
- Assistance to communities island-wide, to establish an early warning response to floods and preparation of parish-level hazard risk maps.
- Contributing to the national dialogue for appropriate Disaster Risk Response policies through Thematic Working Groups on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.
In all these activities UNDP fosters partnerships with both state and non-state entities as well as the international donor community, the UN Country Team and stakeholders of the broadest level to reduce the vulnerabilities of those most at risk and to foster the notion that managing risk is everyone's business.