CDEMA celebrates 27 years of disaster response
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is commemorating its 27th year of providing disaster response services to the region.
CDEMA, formerly the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) was created in 1991 as a specialized regional institution with a mandate to advance cooperation across CARICOM member countries in disaster risk management.
Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, delivering remarks at a church service to commemorate the organization’s 27th anniversary at the Harvest Bible Church, Goodland, St. Michael, explained that nine years ago the transition from being solely a disaster response organization commenced.
He said the transformation to provide expanded services in the area of disaster risk information and strengthening national capacities in their 18 member countries allowed them to fulfill the institutional vision that was framed for the Agency at the end of the 1980’s.
CDEMA he said has become the main broker of the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy.
“The CDM Strategy is also widely accepted as a vehicle for the achievement of the objectives of the Global Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Resilience is the underpinning theme for the 2014-2024 CDM Strategy and reflects our growing understanding of the critical need to strengthen our individual and collective capacity to resist and recover from the impact of natural and man induced hazard,” he further stated.
The proposed pathway to resilience, he further explained, focuses on actions towards achieving social protection for the most vulnerable; enhanced economic opportunities; improved environmental protection; safeguarded infrastructure and operational readiness for response and recovery.
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