Josette Manin, President of Martinique's General Council (R) with Ronald Jackson, CDEMA's Executive Director
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- The first international seminar for the Greater Caribbean's "Carib Risk Cluster" recently ended in Martinique with the signing of a cooperative agreement to address risk reduction across the region.
The meeting addressed the many aspects of risk reduction, including the prevention and management of disaster risks facing the Caribbean Basin and how to protect human lives and safeguard socio-economic development.
About 150 delegates and officials from seven Caribbean countries and territories: Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Martin and Trinidad and Tobago, focused on thematic areas during the three-day meeting, addressing meteorological risks, town and country planning, health and epidemic risks, and public information services.
The final declaration reiterated a commitment to regional cooperation through the "Carib Risk Cluster", which was established in 2011 by the General Council of Martinique.
Co-financed by the European Union through the INTERREG CARAIBES IV Programme, the project, originally entitled "Caribbean Cluster on natural risks and risks from the sea," seeks to coordinate and strengthen risk management policies in the region.
Delegates agreed to leverage the combined efforts of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO), the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPDEM), and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
This resulted in the signing of an agreement between the General Council of Martinique, represented by its president, Josette Martin, and CDEMA's executive director, Ronald Jackson.
Manin, in her capacity as the head of "Carib Risk Cluster", thanked the participants of the seminar and confirmed her personal and team's support to pursue a successful completion of this ambitious and important regional project.