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 hazards and risk assessments, easily accessible data, 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 and 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. Under this component, the following activities were implemented:

  • Existing and planned physical and infrastructure planning activities were selected based on their potential benefit for the use of CHaRIM. 
  • Hands-on training to government officials on analyzing geospatial and other relevant data was provided;
  • CHaRIM was adjusted based on the experiences from its use.

Component 2: Development of a regional data spatial platform, the Geo-CRIS. Under this component, the following activities were implemented: 

  • A detailed assessment of the requirements that the geospatial component of the Geo-CRIS was conducted;
  • The digital architecture of Geo-CRIS was designed;
  • Software for Geo-CRIS was developed and installed, and support was provided to build capacities on its maintenance. 


Component 1
Results produced  by activities under Component 1 include:

  • A report on the conceptual considerations on analyzing landslides and floods in housing reconstruction processes
  • A report on the participation of the Caribbean Risk Information Program II to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • A review was provided on the Terms of Reference for the Urban Regeneration Study and Master Plan designs for Kingstown.

Component 2
Under this component, a GeoCRIS workplan was developed by CDEMA. 

Partnerships and Coordination

The project is 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.

  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 1
Amount approved
  • $600,000
  • 11/2018 - 01/2021