Caribbean: Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference

Context and Objectives

Understanding Risk (UR) is a global community of disaster risk management (DRM) practitioners that exchange knowledge, collaborate, and share best practices in the field of disaster risk assessment. Every two years, GFDRR convenes the UR community at global forums, and the UR community also holds regional events that focus on regional issues and capacity building.

From May 27 – June 1, 2019, the UR Caribbean Conference will take place in Barbados. The UR Caribbean Conference will advance knowledge sharing and collaboration about disaster risk identification.

Main Activities

The funding from the ACP-EU NDRR Program was used for, among others, logistics, travel costs of Caribbean representatives, and consultant services.

During the conference, projects funded by the ACP-EU NDRR Program in the Caribbean were showcased and findings disseminated.


The UR Caribbean Conference provided a unique opportunity to bring together DRM practitioners with governments, urban planners, insurance industry stakeholders, private sector organizations, academia, multilateral development banks, civil society organizations, and other regional partners to collectively take action to address and reduce disaster risk. It laid the foundation for the decisions and actions to be taken during the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) hosted by CDEMA that will take place towards the end of 2019. 

Partnerships and Coordination

The UR Caribbean Conference wasorganized in partnership with the European Union, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Cave Hill Campus.

The conference was hosted by the Government of Barbados.

Useful Links

A story about the event was published on this website, here.

  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 1
Amount approved
  • $500,000
  • 12/2018 - 03/2020