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Country Initiatives Details

Sustainable Water Management Under Climate Change in Small Island States of the Caribbean

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,500,000

Targeted Countries: Barbados Grenada Guyana Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago

Funding Period: 2011/2012

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This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. Canada's support is aimed at developing sustainable water management under climate change in small island states of the Caribbean.

Results/Expected Outcomes

An inception workshop was held in Barbados in March 2013, where the pilot sites were determined. These include: Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad, as well as the island of Carriacou (Grenada). Authorities have already demonstrated strong interest in project results. The project has also engaged 10 graduate students into the research, and is implementing training and educational modules for other stakeholders. The project will also include climate modeling and compilation of secondary data.

Disaster Risk Management - Community Resilience

Canada’s Total Contribution: $3,453,770

Targeted Countries: Dominica Guyana Jamaica

Funding Period: 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

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This project is one component of the Caribbean Disaster Risk Reduction Program, whose goal is to increase the capacity of regional organizations, national governments and local communities in the Caribbean to respond to, manage, and reduce the impact of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. It supports the implementation of the disaster risk management framework adopted by the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved by this project include improving civil society engagement in the implementation of the comprehensive disaster management strategy. The project addressed vulnerability at the local level by enhancing community resilience to disaster risk. For example, a Disaster Risk Reduction Reference Centre was established in Barbados to provide technical training and expert advice and promote community resilience in the Caribbean. In addition a new community selection tool to ensure that the most vulnerable communities benefit from activities to improve community resilience to disasters, was piloted and tested by nine of the 13 national Red Cross societies in the Caribbean and used subsequently by the national Red Cross societies in Jamaica, Dominica and Guyana. 45 community projects were also completed, including training 829 community members (571 women) for participation in community disaster response teams and certifying 830 persons (594 women) in first aid in emergencies.
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