CRMI serves as a hub of information, practices, tools and experiences in risk management. Here is a list of relevant online organizations, tools and links to assist practitioners, policy makers, and researchers to address the climate change related challenges faced in the region.
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CRID - Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbeanwww.crid.or.cr/crid/ing_index.shtml
The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID for its Spanish acronym) is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean.
CIMH - Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrologywww.cimh.edu.bb
The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is a training and research organisation formed by the amalgamation of the Caribbean Meteorological Institute (CMI) and Caribbean Operational Hydrological Institute (COHI). The Caribbean Meteorological Institute was established in 1967 by the member states of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO) while the Caribbean Operational Hydrological Institute (COHI) was established in 1982.
CDEMA - Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agencywww.cdera.org
CDEMA (formerly known as CDERA) will fully embrace the principles and practice of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) which is an integrated and proactive approach to disaster management. CDM seeks to reduce the risk and loss associated with natural and technological hazards and the effects of climate change to enhance regional sustainable development.
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre - CCCCCwww.caribbeanclimate.org
The Centre will operate as a CARICOM agency with independent management and is envisioned to address climate change issues.
CARDIN - Caribbean Disaster Information Networkmona.uwi.edu/cardin/carib_dis_orgs.htm
CARDIN, in collaboration with its partners, seeks to provide a new and dynamic approach to accessing and disseminating disaster related information in a manner that adequately prepares and minimizes the effect of disasters in the Caribbean Region. This will be achieved through the collection, indexing and dissemination of disaster information to produce a comprehensive database which encompasses the English, French, Spanish and Dutch speaking Caribbean.
CEPREDENAC - Coordination Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central Americawww.cepredenac.org
CEPREDENAC is a coordination center for strengthening the capacity of the region as a whole to reduce the vulnerability of the population to the effects of these phenomena.
INSMET - Instituto Nacional de Meteorología, Cuba [SPA]www.insmet.cu
La Misión principal del Instituto de Meteorología es suministrar información meteorológica y climática autorizada, confiable y oportuna sobre el estado y comportamiento futuro de la atmósfera. Esta información está dirigida a velar por la seguridad de la vida humana y a reducir las pérdidas de bienes materiales ante desastres naturales de origen meteorológico, contribuyendo directamente al bienestar de la comunidad y al desarrollo sostenible.
ACS - Association of Caribbean Stateswww.acs-aec.org
The objectives of the ACS are enshrined in the Convention and are based on the following: the strengthening of the regional co-operation and integration process, with a view to creating an enhanced economic space in the region; preserving the environmental integrity of the Caribbean Sea which is regarded as the common patrimony of the peoples of the region; and promoting the sustainable development of the Greater Caribbean.
OECS - Organisation of Eastern Caribbean Stateswww.oecs.org
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other and promote unity and solidarity among the Members.
CARICOM - Caribbean Communitywww.caricom.org
CARICOM's mission statement: "To provide dynamic leadership and service, in partnership with Community institutions and Groups, toward the attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable Community, with improved quality of life for all"
UNDP, Country Offices and BCPR
UNDP Global sitewww.undp.org
UNDP Haiti [FRA]www.ht.undp.org
UNDP Trinidad & Tobagowww.undp.org.tt
UNDP Belize (Sub-office of UNDP El Salvador) [SPA]www.pnud.org.sv
UNDP - BCPR / Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recoverywww.undp.org/cpr/
the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) works around the world to restore the quality of life for men, women and children who have been devastated by natural disaster or violent conflict. Operating through some 100 country offices, the Bureau provides a bridge between the humanitarian agencies that handle immediate needs and the long-term development phase following recovery.
UNDP Regional Centre Panamáwww.regionalcentrelac-undp.org
In 2009 the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) and BCPR have developed a team of experts to support UNDP Country Offices in the area of Crisis Prevention and Recovery. This team is an integral part of the UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama, which provides specialized technical assistance, knowledge management and technical support to Country Offices.
United Nations initiatives and international commitments
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changewww.unfccc.int
Recent severe storms, floods and droughts appear to show that computer models predicting more frequent "extreme weather events" are on target. The international debate on Climate Change Adaptation addresses the ability of a Government, through policies and measures, to respond and adjust to actual or potential impacts of changing climate conditions in ways that moderate harm or takes advantage of any positive opportunities that the climate may afford
ISDR - International Strategy for Disaster Reductionwww.unisdr.org
The ISDR aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters.
EIRD - Estratégia Internacional para la Reducción de Desastres - Américaswww.eird.org
The mission of EIRD Américaas is to catalyze, facilitate and mobilize the commitment and resources of national, regional and international stakeholders of the ISDR System to build the resilience of nations and communities to disasters through the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.
Small Island Developing States Networkwww.sidsnet.org/
SIDSNet has been a valuable tool for linking remote and isolated SIDS, where the technical expertise, education, and knowledge sharing facilitated by the site enhances the possibilities for improving welfare and reducing poverty through innovation, expanded national capacity, and the better use of scarce resources.
América Latina Genera [SPA]www.americalatinagenera.org
Este portal se enmarca en el proyecto América Latina Genera: gestión del conocimiento para la equidad de género, una iniciativa del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD). Pretende facilitar el acceso a la información y al conocimiento en temas de género en la región latinoamericana de habla hispana, así como promover un mayor intercambio y articulación entre los actores que trabajan en nuestros países y a nivel regional en favor de la igualdad de género.
United Nations Division for Sustainable Developmentwww.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/climate_change
The Division for Sustainable Development provides leadership and is an authoritative source of expertise within the United Nations system on sustainable development. It promotes sustainable development as the substantive secretariat to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels. The context for the Division's work is the implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Barbados Programme of Action for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.
OHRLLS - UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developing Countries, landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing Stateswww.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/ohrlls
The Office aims at enhancing the mobilization and galvanization of international support for - and ensuring the effective coordination, monitoring and review of - the implementation of the Brussels Declaration and Programme of Action (POA).
OCHA - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairsochaonline.un.org
OCHA is designed to strengthen the United Nation's response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters. In addition it aims at improving the overall effectiveness of the UN's humanitarian operations in the field.
FRIEND - AMIGO for Latin America and the Caribbeanwww.unesco.org.uy/phi/friend/en/friend-amigo.html/
FRIEND (Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data) is a cross-cutting project included in the scientific agenda of the International Hydrological Programme.
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reductionwww.preventionweb.net/globalplatform
The Global Platform is the main consultative forum on disaster risk reduction at the global level. It brings together a wide range of actors in the various sectors of development and humanitarian work, and in the environmental and scientific fields related to disaster risk reduction.
PreventionWeb serves the information needs of the disaster risk reduction community, including the development of information exchange tools to facilitate collaboration. Information regarding the design and development of the project together with background documentation can be accessed here along with some services that have been put in place.
Gender and Disaster Network - GDNwww.gdnonline.org
The Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) unites people interested in disasters and their impact on gender relations. Over 500 researchers and practitioners interact in GDN's vibrant online community through an active discussion list and the Website.
The Climate Institutewww.climate.org
The Climate Institute has been in a unique position to inform key decision-makers, heighten international awareness of climate change, and identify practical ways of achieving significant emissions reductions. This has been done through several different media including symposia, conferences, roundtables, and special briefings. These have been carried out not only in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe but also in as many as 30 developing countries providing expert advice at ministerial and heads of state briefings and at sessions with business executives and private citizens.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societieswww.ifrc.org
The Federation carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The Federation's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.
The Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centrewww.climatecentre.org
The Climate Centre supports the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to understand and address the humanitarian consequences of climate change and extreme weather events.
Met Office Hadley Centrewww.ifrc.org
The Met Office Hadley Centre is the UK’s foremost climate change research centre. We produce world-class guidance on the science of climate change and provide a focus in the UK for the scientific issues associated with climate change.
Pacific Disaster Netwww.pacificdisaster.net/
The Pacific Disaster Net is the - Virtual Centre of Excellence - for Disaster Risk Management in the Pacific Region. The Web Portal and Database System is designed to be the largest and most comprehensive information resource for Disaster Risk Management for the Pacific Island Countries.
Academic and Scientific Institutions
International Hurricane Research Centerwww.ihrc.fiu.edu
IHRC is Florida's official hurricane research center for ten universities that comprise the state system. IHRC is also designated as the formal liaison for NOAA's Tropical Prediction Center and National Hurricane Center, located on the Florida International University campus in Miami.
Centro Latino Americano de Medicina de Desastres [SPA]www.sld.cu/sitios/desastres/
El estudio y la colaboración aplicada a las diferentes disciplinas de la salud para prevenir, proteger, preparar, rehabilitar y dar respuestas inmediatas a los problemas de salud que resultan de un desastre, en coordinación con otras disciplinas relacionadas con el manejo global de desastres.