Caribbean: Caribbean Risk Information Program II

Context and Objectives

In order to be able to efficiently mainstream disaster risk management (DRM) into development, knowledge on hazard- and risk assessments, easily accessible data, and information with a user-friendly presentation, and the use of this information in decision-making, is critical.

The Caribbean Handbook for Risk Information and Management (CHaRIM) was developed, supported by the ACP-EU NDRR Program. CHaRIM provides a tailored methodological framework that governments can consult during the procurement of services that need to consider landslides and floods. While there have been trainings introducing technical personnel to the handbook and the resources it offers, the gained knowledge is only to a limited extent finding its way into day-to-day work.

The follow-up ACP-EU NDRR project aims to strengthen the capacity in the Caribbean to design and guide hazard and risk assessments as well as use to the resulting information for decision-making. In addition, the project will develop a regional spatial data platform (Geo-CRIS) to ensure access to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation data. This platform will integrate the CHaRIM GeoNode and the Caribbean Risk Information System (CRIS), and serve as a "one stop shop" for gathering and sharing information/data on DRM and climate change adaptation.

Main Activities

Component 1: Strengthen knowledge on hazard and risk assessment methods for risk-informed decision making. Activities under this component will:

  • Determine which physical and infrastructure planning activities ongoing or planned for could benefit from the use of CHaRIM;
  • Provide hands-on training to government officials on analyzing geospatial- and other relevant data, and on using CHaRIM and other materials for decision making;
  • Adjust CHaRIM based on the experiences from its use.

Component 2: Development of a regional data spatial platform, the Geo-CRIS:

  • Conduct a detailed assessment of the requirements that the geospatial component of the Geo-CRIS will need to fulfil;
  • Design the digital architecture of Geo-CRIS;
  • Develop and install software for Geo-CRIS, and provide support to capacity building on its maintenance.

Results

The project is in its inception phase.

Partnerships and Coordination

The project will be implemented in close collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, CDEMA, and the EU Delegation in Barbados.

Useful Links

The description of the previous ACP-EU NDRR project, which developed the CHaRIM, is available here.

Region
  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 1
Amount approved
  • $450,000
Duration
  • 08/2018 to 06/2020