The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) formally became the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) on September 1, 2009. This change brings to fruition months of planning and represents the concretization of an organizational transition and strategic shift in focus from disaster preparedness and response to comprehensive disaster management.
The primary evidence of the transition is reflected in the organization’s structure and mandate which has been widened to include the adoption of disaster loss reduction and mitigation policies and practices, at the national and regional level and cooperative arrangements and mechanisms to facilitate the development of a culture of disaster loss reduction.
Apart from a shift in mandate the new agency’s governance structure will also be amended. The institution will be governed by a Council constituting the Heads of the Participating States, or their designate, but will be strengthened through the establishment of a Management Committee of Council (MCC). The technical platform of the agency will be strengthened through the involvement of specialized Regional Institutions in the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), who will provide diversified expertise in a variety of areas related to the science and policy of disaster management.
The Agency will now function with an increased membership of eighteen Participating States to include Haiti and Suriname who have recently signed on to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Agreement.
•Date: 9th Sept 2009• Region: Caribbean •Type: Article •Topic: DR general
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