Crisis Prevention & Recovery
UNDP's programme in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) gives support to initiatives aimed at reducing Jamaica's level of hazard vulnerability and the devastating cost of damage to the nation through measures of preparedness, response and recovery. . By building national capacities to manage risks, UNDP helps Jamaica to decrease mortality significantly, reduce losses due to recurrent disasters and severe impacts, accelerate post-disaster recovery and protect development investments.
UNDP supports Jamaica's efforts to reduce disaster risks and the social, economic and environmental impacts, in keeping with priorities of the Government of Jamaica's Vision 2030 National Development Plan. UNDP contributes to Jamaica's resilience over the long term by addressing climate change issues within the discipline of Disaster Risk Reduction, and by supporting the efforts of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).more
Much of Jamaica's rural area is heavily covered by vegetation, making disaster-related flooding and destruction from felled trees a particular hazard for crops, livestock and people in the area. PHOTO CREDIT: UNDP Jamaicamore
Projects and Initiatives
When Hurricane Sandy touched down in Kingston on 24 October, excessive winds left more than 70 percent of the population without electricity, killed one person and forced more than 1,000 into shelters. As the storm moved across the island, an estimated US$ 100 million worth of infrastructure, including hospitals and schools, were damaged or destroyed, setting back decades of hard-won development.more
The Risk Reduction Management Centre is at the heart of Cuba's world-class emergency response system, and Jamaica is attempting to implement the same system locally, with the help of Cuban experts.more