This initiative takes an integrated approach to vulnerability reduction and enhancing resilience to climate change, natural hazards and poverty through enhanced civil protection. It covers Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
These islands are highly vulnerable to various natural hazards and climate change impacts, also having fragile ecosystems and concentrations of settlements and major functions in low lying coastal areas and other hazard prone locations. The project focuses on knowledge sharing and building linkages across Caribbean institutions, capacity development, and advancing the linkages bewteen climate change and disaster risk reduction.
Critical to the success of this project, is the numerous linkages it has forged with various initiatives and regional partners in sharing experiences and achieving common objectives. These include: the Caribbean Institute for Meterology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), UNESCO/IOC Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning Systems, CIMA Research Foundation in Italy, and the UNDP Youth-Innovation Project.
The project, funded by the Italian Development Cooporation in the tune of $4.5million covers a period of 3 years.
Through the ERC Prjoect, a network of real-time decision support centers for early warning systems through realtime sharing and use of hydrometeorological data has been created. The server equipment has been procured to facilitate the operation of the Early Warning System (EWS), functional solely from the Caribbean. The primary center is located at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in Barbados. The secondary center is located at the Antigua and Barbuda meteorology service center. The ordinary centers are located at the BVI, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines meteorology service center.
Two major components of the ERC project have begun. The first, are the strengthened natural disaster management mechanisms. In this framework, Community Emergency Response Team training has occurred in Montserrat and Grenada, in assocation with the African Caribbean Pacific Group of States and the EU. Additionally legislation governing volunteerism related to disaster management has been drafted and it is currently under the review stage.
Secondly, the ERC project has provided support to enhancing regional tsunami public awareness in support of the EWS through the establishment of the Caribbean Tsumani Information Center (CTIC). Consultancies facilitating the establishment of the CTIC has been completed. Tsunami awareness materials are currently being adapted. Additoinally, the tsunami awareness and educatoin strategy (PAE) is currently bring updated.