UNDP´s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) in collaboration with its Caribbean Country Offices in Barbados and the OECS, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica will support governments and the population in recovery in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Turks and Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, Sint Maarten, British Virgin Islands, and Dominica. This project aims to create the conditions to build back better and to facilitate investments in resilience building on the affected islands.
Early recovery interventions will be key steps in this process and will serve as an entry point for long-term engagement aimed at addressing the fundamental drivers of vulnerability to disaster events. While these interventions are critical at the national level, it is also important to engage, discuss and support recovery processes at a regional level to encourage and sustain a transformative approach across the Caribbean. The project will do this through the following 4 outputs:
Output 1: Recovery strategy for national/local government and strengthen the partnership for long term engagement
Output 2: Regional partnership engagement and knowledge promotion
Output 3: Support on housing repair/reconstruction to easy recovery
Output 4: Restoration of economic activity through debris and waste management
In Dominica and Barbuda there is a clear and urgent requirement for major rehabilitation of homes, community structures and public buildings including schools, emphasised in the results of the Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) and the Building Damage Assessments (BDAs). The need for safe and resilient roofing, house repairs and resilient reconstruction of destroyed buildings will be highlighted in this activity through purchase of good quality roofing materials and tools to install the roofs as well as trainings on adequate installation of the roofs. Notably, for Dominica, the recovery process that was started after Tropical Storm Erika was only partially implemented when Hurricane Maria hit the island.
On the island of Barbuda, the People’s Republic of China is supporting the installation of 250 roofs to enable families to safely to their homes. In Dominica, the People’s Republic of China is supporting the installation of a targeted 600 roofs of vulnerable homes. In both cases this will be supported through capacity building on how to build a more resilient roof for the construction sector and associated public awareness. Additionally, in Dominica there will be establishment of distributed Technical Assistance Centres staffed by engineers and the Physical Planning Division to provide decentralised technical and approvals support to accelerate the reconstruction process.