Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency
CDERA (CARICOM Countries - The Caribbean)
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), is the main specialized body in the disaster risk management in the Caribbean, with 16 participating states and headquartered in Barbados. CDERA also assists in capacity building and formulation of policy in disaster risk reduction and it is the implementing agency for the Comprehensive Disaster Management Project, CDM.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) adopted (in 2001) a Strategy and Results Framework for the Comprehensive Disaster Management with the goal of linking the CDM to national development decision-making and planning which led to the embracing of the CDM against a background of recent global catastrophes, and a recognized desire among disaster management stakeholders in the Caribbean to review the CDM achievements to date and revisit and sharpen its results focus, and to accelerate initiatives in promoting disaster risk and disaster loss reductions within the CDM in the Caribbean.
In light of the outcomes of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction and the priorities identified by the Hyogo Framework for Action, and against the background of experiences in the region, CARICOM proposed to focus its programming around the critical actions needed to advance implementation of the five (5) Intermediate Results (IRs) of the 2001 CDM Strategy and Framework, which itself was also explicitly connected to the Bridgetown Programme of Action. Following review and participatory discussion the following thematic areas were selected for priority attention within CARICOM over the 2005-2015 period.
The Enhanced CDRM Framework which proposes four priority outcomes is based on three (3) underpinning pillars:
- the Review and Assessment of the 2001 CDM Strategy and Framework;
- the global and regional disaster management agenda including the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015; and
- the CARICOM Regional Programming Framework.
The Intermediate Results of the 2001 Framework have been incorporated in the relevant places so as to ensure continuity and deepening of the CDM process which began in 2001. The Enhanced Framework is designed toward achieving the overarching Goal of Sustainable Development in the Caribbean.
The outcomes have been informed by the need for a strategic shift toward a programming framework which will foster collaboration among development partners and other key players as well as harmonization among the many projects, programs and initiatives in DRM within the Region. The draft revised CDM Framework was presented for feedback and endorsement in principle from the key stakeholders at the inaugural CDM conference held December 11th-14th, 2006 in Barbados.
The revised CDRM framework was devised to be presented to the Board of CDERA, to national stakeholders at the country level, and to COTED in CARICOM. National Disaster Management Policies are essential in all countries, while prioritization at the highest levels within each state is an important step. Development partners have undertaken to assess how the respective agencies can contribute to/support the CDRM process.