Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jamaica has made strides in disaster management

Jamaica Information Service: Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, says Jamaica and the region have made strides in advancing disaster risk management and embracing comprehensive disaster management.

Speaking at the closing of the 7th Annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, on December 7, the Minister said that as policy makers and agents of the change process, “we are committed to the charge of ensuring individual and collective ownership and engagement of our political leaders to the disaster resilience agenda."

The conference was held under the theme: ‘Comprehensive Disaster Management, Building Disaster Resilience … a shared responsibility’, and saw over 400 delegates representing 50 member countries from across the Caribbean, in attendance.

“As Chairman of this conference I have had the opportunity to observe your deliberations. Your commitment in this cause is certainly not in question. Notwithstanding place, culture and representation, it is clear that you are well into the common cause of promoting safe and resilient societies.  Unquestionably, the opportunity that I have had as chairman to share and learn from you, the disaster risk reduction practitioners, will have a far-reaching impact on how I view this portfolio that I manage,” the Minister  said....

A schoolchild walks past a row of fishing boats on the beach near Alligator Pond, Jamaica. In the distance, a bauxite cargo ship sails past Pedro Bluff. Shot by Gerry Manacsa,, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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