Tuesday, December 4th was my first day at the 7th Annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, organise bythr Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). The conference features the coming together of professionals in the fields of disaster management, those from sectoral and thematic fields who have specific responsibility and experience in the foremention fields.

One of the objectives of the conference is “to demonstrate and facilitate exchanges on shared responsibility for Comprehensive Disaster Management at the individual, community, sectoral, national bad regional levels”. A move I support, chiefly because it allows the exchange of information on good practices, while building networks among the region’s professionals.

As part of a Twitter competition launch by ODPEM I won a stay at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica to tweet about the event; you can follow me at http://www.twitter.com/Lgrandison to view my tweets. Jn the meantime I ask that you read “Repositioning Disaster Resilience in the Development Agenda”, presented by Dr. Carla Barnett, Vice President (Operations), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).



In the first plenary session of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)’s  7th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management being   held at the  Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica from December 3rd – 7th, 2012,  a  High Level Panel Discussion with government ministers saw the sharing of  experiences in the challenges of disaster risk management under the topic “Repositioning Disaster Resilience in the Development Agenda.”

Panellist  Mrs. Elisabeth Harper, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guyana presented the following paper, “A perspective and initiatives of the Government of Guyana: Guyana Disaster Risk Management Strategy.”

The forward looking presentation predicts an improved quality of life for Guyanese with the reduction of vulnerabilities in a sustainable manner:

The low coastal plain of Guyana which supports 90% of the population and is the administrative, agricultural, commercial and industrial centre of the country is 1 to 3 meters below sea level.


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