French Guiana


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HFA National Reports

National report 2007: No reported

National report 2006: No reported

National report 2005: No reported

National Platform

No National Platform reported:

HFA National Focal Point

No HFA National Focal Point Reported

Other contacts:

PAHO-WHO Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Countries:

OECC serves the French Departments in the Americas (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Matinique)

Contact Person: Dr. Gina Watson, PWR-ECC, ,Office of the Eastern Caribbean Coordination

Address: Dayralls and Navy Garden Roads, Christ Church, Bridgetown, Barbados / P.O. Box 508, Bridgetown, Barbados

Phone: (+246) 426-3860/426-3865/427-9434 / Fax: 436-9779



French Guiana Civil Defense:

Address: La Région de la Guyane, 66, avenue du Général de Gaulle, 97300 CAYENNE

Phone: 05 94 29 20 20 / FAX : 05 94 31 95 22



Country profile:

Official Name: Guyane (Guyane française)

Capital: Cayenne

Population: 209,000 (est. 2007)

Area: 83,534 sq km

Population density: 2.5/sq km

Religion: The predominant religion in this region is Roman Catholicism, though the Maroons and some Amerindian peoples still practice their own religions.

Language: French

Ethnics group: Guianese Creoles, Haitians, Europeans, Maroons (also called Bush Negroes) and Amerindians.

Currency: Euro

Though sharing cultural affinities with the French-speaking territories of the Caribbean, French Guiana cannot be considered to be part of that geographic region, with the Caribbean Sea actually being located several hundred kilometres to the west, beyond the arc of the Lesser Antilles.

French Guiana consists of two main geographical regions: a coastal strip where the majority of the people live, and dense, near-inaccessible rainforest which gradually rises to the modest peaks of the Tumac-Humac mountains along the Brazilian frontier. French Guiana's highest peak is Bellevue de l'Inini (851 m). Other mountains include Mont Machalou (782 m), Pic Coudreau (711 m) and Mont St Marcel (635 m), Mont Favard (200 m) and Montagne du Mahury (156 m). Several small islands are found off the coast, the three Iles du Salut Salvation Islands which includes Devil's Island and the isolated Ile de Connetable bird sanctuary further along the coast towards Brazil.

The Barrage de Petit-Saut hydroelectric dam in the north of French Guiana forms an artificial lake and provides hydroelectricity. There are many rivers in French Guiana.

Institutional Level:

Le Service Interministériel Régional des Affaires Civiles et Economiques de Défense et de Protection Civile (SIRACED.PC) est chargé au premier chef de la prévention des risques naturels, industriels, technologiques et sanitaires (information préventive, élaboration des plans de prévention des risques….) et de la planification des secours (élaboration et mise à jour des plans de secours tels que le plan ORSEC). Il dispose d’un centre opérationnel permettant de gérer les situations de crise. Il est en outre responsable du fonctionnement et du suivi des commissions de sécurité pour les établissements recevant du public : il instruit les dossiers d’examen de secourisme, suit et contrôle les exercices départementaux, et exerce la tutelle du Centre de déminage de la Guyane installé à Kourou.

Source: Wikipedia


HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Others Documents:

Application for recognition of the state of natural disaster

Application for recognition of the state of technological catastrophe

Risk and Disaster Information

Web Links:

PreventionWeb Country Profile - Natural Disaster, French Guiana Data and Statistics

ReliefWeb Counyties and Emergencies French Guiana

Official Website of Conseil régional de Guyane

Official Website of Préfecture de Guyane

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