Crisis prevention & recovery

UNDP’s work in crisis prevention and recovery helps countries prevent armed conflict, alleviate the effects of natural disasters and build back better and stronger after crises. UNDP incorporates peace-building initiatives into many of its poverty and democratic governance programmes and offers expert crisis advice to governments and communities on risk reduction. Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS) are increasingly vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards that can erase decades of development advances and further entrench poverty and inequality.

Our Goals

The Disaster Risk Reduction programme aims to support the realisation of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy and Framework 2007-2012 led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the international Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 to advance risk reduction through international, regional, subregional and national initiatives. These include the strengthening the collection and use of risk and vulnerability information, improving early warning systems, building local capacities to conduct post-disaster needs assessments (PDNA), and support to recovery planning and implementation more

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The Effects of Hurricane Tomas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

In 2010, Hurricane Tomas lashed through Barbados and the OECS, causing severe damage to infrastructure claiming many lives. UNDP's Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit helped rebuild the loss caused to the community. Photo UNDP More

Our Stories

  • Members of the community doing practical exercises in disaster management. Photo UNDP

    Communities on the front line as Disaster Managers

    “In a battlefield, if the frontline is breached, you can lose your entire battle. When it comes to disaster management, the frontline is the community. To more

Projects and Initiatives

Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean

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 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. They 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 between climate change and disaster risk reduction. More

Regional Risk Reduction Initiative (R3i)

The R3i project seeks to address the risk and exposure of British and Dutch overseas territories small islands by providing a network of regional infrastructure, programmes, policies and protocols to strengthen their capacity to predict and prepare for natural hazards, thus improve resilience and reduce risk and subsequent loss. More

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