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Disaster mitigation stakeholders from some 30 countries in the Caribbean, Latin America and the South Pacific, are in the island for the 4th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).
The five-day conference, which got underway yesterday (December 7) at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay St. James, is being held under the theme: ‘Strengthening CDM through youth and community empowerment’.
According to Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and Co-chair for the conference, Ronald Jackson, the event involves stakeholders coming together to share experiences and novel practices with regards to disaster mitigation and management.
“We will be having a raft of sessions, exploring, discussing and searching for regional solutions, or solutions that can be adapted by countries on this business of disaster risk and climate change, which is now very topical,” he told JIS News in an interview.
He informed that there will be in-depth assessment of disaster mitigation efforts within the region over the last 25 years, adding that efforts at building disaster resilient communities will also be discussed.
“We are going to be getting experiences from different countries in that particular area. We also will be exploring the whole business of climate change, and how disaster risk mitigation can assist in combating climate change, looking at the business of risk transfer and of insurance as a key means of transferring risk to disaster,” he stated.
Mr. Jackson told JIS News that representatives of various sectors of the economy such as education, health and tourism will be engaged in dialogue, and will present specific case studies on how they can be made more resilient to disaster risks and the ravages of climate change.
He said that various youth groups from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean will be involved in the conference with the last day reserved for full youth participation through various means.

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