Providenciales, 04 Dec 2014 (TCIG PRESS RELEASE) – The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is being represented at the Regional Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Forum, convened to examine advances in Response and Recovery approaches since Hurricane Ivan devastated the Region in September, 2004.
Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of Disaster Management and Emergencies is in Grenada attending the “Ivan 10 Symposium”, which is being held at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, from 1st – 3rd December 2014. The event is organized by the Coordinating Unit of the CDEMA in collaboration with the Government of Grenada and other CDEMA partners. It is a CDEMA Corner Stone event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Ivan.
Hurricane Ivan impacted the Caribbean in September 2004 as a Category 5 Storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. It was one of the most powerful storms to hit the Caribbean in decades and left a trail of damage and destruction from Trinidad and Tobago to the Cayman Islands with most significant impact in Grenada, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Regional losses amount to USD$3 billion and 64 persons died.
Convened under the theme “Exploring Response and Recovery, Embracing Resilience” the symposium will examine response and recovery approaches following the impact of Hurricane Ivan, whilst exploring progress towards resilience in the region. This event will also feature the Caribbean sub-regional Consultation on the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), to frame the Caribbean’s perspective as an input to the regional consultation in 2015 and the global summit in 2016.
The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make humanitarian action related to natural hazards and conflicts more effective. The WHS will aim to develop stronger partnerships and seek innovative solutions to persistent and new humanitarian challenges.
The main objective for the Ivan 10 Symposium are:
To explore the evolution of response and recovery approaches since Hurricane Ivan.
To articulate a CDEMA-System position to contribute to the World Humanitarian Summit Process
To examine advancements towards resilience building through sound financial and economic practices innovation
Topics to be discussed at the symposium include inter alia, Humanitarian Effectiveness, Reducing Vulnerability and Managing Risk, Development and Economic Consequences of Climatic Hazards, and Transformation through Innovation.