Workshop on Strengthening Public Investment and Post Disaster Needs Assessment

Aug 2, 2013

Mr. Ian King UNDP Barbados and the OECS Disaster and Climate Risk Management Programme Manager addressing workshop participants

Caribbean countries will be better placed to capture the full costs of natural hazards and also to design recovery strategies and plans that will realize more resilient communities following a recently convened workshop in Barbados addressing Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Strengthening of Public Investment in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

UNDP Barbados and the OECS in collaboration with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the World Bank convened this workshop and as a result brought together twenty one (21) representatives from national disaster offices as well as Ministries responsible for planning and development from thirteen (13) CDEMA participating states, as well as key development partners. The workshop sought to:

1. Strengthen synergies with existing DRR Programming and Priorities under the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM)

2. Enable familiarization of the national representatives with the Risk Management (RM) and PDNA methodologies generally and within the proposed pilot initiatives and;

3. Discuss roles of the national stakeholders in the PDNA process.

It was agreed that national representatives need to understand both the development costs of hazard (natural and other) impact as well as cost of risk reduction options. One clear output was the development of a workplan outline for the UNDP / GFDRR/ UNISDR / ACP-EU funded initiatives which will be implemented by UNDP Barbados and the OECS with direct benefit to the seven (7) independent states in the Barbados and the OECS region (Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada). It was also noted that the initiatives were not simply consistent with the regional Comprehensive Disaster Management strategy, but are addressing an area that has been weakly attended at both the national and regional levels and were therefore very timely.