Tourism Congress to address theme of building resilience in tourism sector

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (March 12, 2018) – When the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism opens on Wednesday, March 21 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, one of the key areas for presentations and discussions will be the matter of building resilience in the Tourism sector in the Americas.

In the latter months of 2017, the hemisphere of the Americas received a painful reminder of the relevance and significance of this theme after several countries felt the devastating impacts of hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes. In fact, 2017 is regarded as a record-setting year for natural disasters in terms of the number, severity and financial costs of the disasters that occurred.


Hurricanes Irma and Maria that lashed the region last year prompted both emergency and strategic responses as property was destroyed almost overnight and economic livelihoods compromised. While in no way minimising the need for resilience due to storms and natural disasters, the Congress is taking a wider view of the concept of resilience, preferring to see it as a concept that embraces a more comprehensive range of strategies and measures that governments need to adopt in order to ensure the survivability of the sector.      (more…)

CDEMA to recommend ways to expedite implementation of building codes

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have asked the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with recommending how the Community could expedite the implementation of building codes.

This discussion took place at the just concluded Twenty-Ninth Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which prioritised discussions on building a climate-resilient Community on its packed agenda. The decisions of the Conference were recorded in the Communique that was issued following the Meeting at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Jovenel Moise, President of Haiti.

Heads of Government recognised the implementation of building codes as a key mechanism to safeguard critical infrastructure, and as an important component of the Community’s resilience agenda.

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CRFM fast tracks protocol for climate change, disaster risk management in fisheries, aquaculture

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, (CRFM)—We know from the devastation wrought in the Caribbean last September by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, just how important it is for the region to step up its game in tackling climate change and the risks posed by natural disasters. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has recently inked an agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that will put the region on better footing to address the impacts of disasters on fishing communities.

The CRFM—the CARICOM agency which works to promote sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector—is a regional partner on the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It is under this umbrella that the new initiative is being implemented for the benefit of the CARICOM Member States.

The CRFM is overseeing the development of the regional protocol to integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture into the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy. The intent is to have the protocol ready before the start of the next hurricane season, which begins on June 1. (more…)

BVI Gov’t prepares for another possible active hurricane season

The Government of the BVI has initiated a plan to get ready for what may be another active season, according to the preliminary predictions released in December 2017.

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), the commencement of the 2018 hurricane season is just about three months away and residents of the BVI are being asked to utilise this off-season to get their homes and businesses repaired and ready.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from 1st June to 30th November.

Director of DDM, Sharleen DaBreo while speaking about the ongoing preparations being made said that they have commenced a detailed inspection of the Emergency Shelters that were officially designated in 2017 and they are also looking at other facilities that were used during the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Read more at: BVI Platinum News

Hurricane ravaged Barbuda gets attention in PM Browne’s 2018 Budget

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Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Mr Gaston Browne

Given the extent of the damage to the island, the recovery and rebuilding of Barbuda will take time and substantial financial resources.

Regional and international experts, have estimated the rebuilding cost at over $600 million; a price tag that is equivalent to 95 percent of the tax revenue collected by the Government in 2017.

However, my government is not daunted.

We are determined to rebuild Barbuda better and for good…

On behalf of the people and Government of Antigua and Barbuda, I wish to thank all countries, businesses and regional and international organizations for their support and willingness to come to the aid of our nation in its time of need.

I make special mention of the government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Republic of Cuba and sister CARICOM countries who were among the first responders.

Read full budget:   Budget Statement – Antigua_Barbuda-Final 2018