US-Caribbean conclude $9.5m US dollar disaster resilience funding

Representatives from the United States, eighteen Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency, the eastern Caribbean’s Regional Security System, universities, and other non-governmental partners gathered for the first working group of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership on October 23-24 in Barbados.

Participants also discussed plans to improve resilience under new initiatives launched by the United States, including how the funding will be utilised:

  • $5 million in funding for a Caribbean-wide energy initiative – one benefit of which will be to reduce electricity outages resulting from the impacts of hurricanes and floods
  • $1.5 million in funding to support the implementation of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership. This funding will support technical exchanges and consultations between U.S. interagency resilience experts, ministries, and disaster management officials from the Caribbean region
  • $2 million in funding to improve the ability of Caribbean partners to prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters
  • $1 million in funding for small grants for civil society and NGOs on enhancing community-led disaster resilience in the Eastern Caribbean
  • A multilateral program to improve regional capacity for hurricane forecasting in the Caribbean Sea and tropical North Atlantic Ocean