Upcoming conference to look at comprehensive disaster management in region


The disaster management conference, which is to be held in Jamaica from December 6-10 at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, will bring together stakeholders from all over the world, to look at comprehensive disaster management in the region.
This was outlined by Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and co-chair of the annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM), Ronald Jackson, at a press conference to launch the CDM’s 5th Annual Caribbean Conference, held at ODPEM’s headquarters in Kingston on November 12.
“What the CDM conference seeks to do is to bring together the stakeholders and actors, both regionally and internationally, to reflect on some of the good practices within a context of comprehensive disaster management, looking at the entire picture from the pre to the post-impact ,” Mr. Jackson said.
Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Jeremy Collymore, who also spoke at the press conference, explained the context under which the conference was conceptualised.
“Comprehensive disaster management is a strategic framework that represents how this region, through consultation with our partners in public, private and civil society sectors, have outlined the key priorities we wish to address to stop this purging of our key assets associated with the impact of events,” Mr. Collymore said.
The CDEMA head said that disaster management seeks to move disaster management in the Caribbean from being just a seasonal activity.
“It seeks to move the vision of disaster management from the hurricane relief seasonal activity to one which is entrenched in what we do and how we do it,” he added.
This year’s conference, hosted by CDEMA in association with ODPEM and its partners, will take place under the theme: ‘CDM: Strengthening Partnerships for Resilience’. The event has come to be regarded as the region’s most important disaster management forum. It provides a launching pad for the exchange of ideas and to measure progress in the region within the context of the Enhanced CDM Strategy and Programming Framework 2007‐2012.
In that regard, the CDM Conference is a regional event of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) global platform and is structured to promote good practice, and share ongoing research.
The structure also facilitates charting the way forward for the advancement of CDM in the Caribbean, and provides unique and exciting opportunities for disaster management stakeholders to network and share their unique perspectives.

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