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Natural Hazard Risk Management in the Caribbean Liz Riley Mainstreaming Gender in Natural Hazard Risk Reduction Workshop The Royal, Saint Lucia November 28-29, 2005. Presentation outline. Introduction A Definition Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM)

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Natural Hazard Risk Management in the CaribbeanLiz RileyMainstreaming Gender in Natural Hazard Risk Reduction WorkshopThe Royal, Saint LuciaNovember 28-29, 2005

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  • Introduction

  • A Definition

  • Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM)

  • Components of Natural Hazard Risk Management

  • Entry points in gender mainstreaming

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  • Vulnerability reflected in

    • Recurrent Losses

    • Multi sector impacts

    • Differential impacts to various groups

      Result – scarce resources, earmarked for development diverted for relief and reconstruction

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The systematic management of administrative decisions, organizations, operational skills and abilities to implement policies, strategies and coping capacities of the society or individuals to lessen the impacts of natural hazards.

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The Traditional approach

A focus on preparedness and emergency response

Responsibility lies with government and specifically the Disaster office

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NHRM … A different Approach

  • Anticipatory and pro active – hazards considered in development practices

  • Responsibility belongs to all – a comprehensive approach

  • How do our development decisions contribute to vulnerability? How can development planning reduce vulnerability?

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Comprehensive Disaster Management

  • Integrate disaster management into planning and development

  • Integrated management of all hazards

  • Management of all phases of Disaster Management Cycle:

    • Prevention and Mitigation

    • Preparedness and Response

    • Recovery and Restoration/Rehabilitation

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Dimensions of Hazard Risk Management

  • Risk Identification – How well do we understand our vulnerability?

  • Risk Reduction – What activities have we designed to minimize or eliminate damage from hazard events?

  • Risk Transfer – What mechanisms do we have which ensure funds are readily available to repair or replace should loss occur?

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Entry Points for Gender Mainstreaming …

  • Risk Identification

  • Gender disaggregated data collection (pre-event)

  • Mapping of vulnerable populations

  • Utilizing past disaster scenarios to anticipate possible impacts related to gender

  • Post-disaster assessment

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Risk Reduction

  • Integrating gender considerations into hazard risk reduction policies and programmes to guide future development and investment towards reduced hazard vulnerability

  • Public information and education campaigns are targeted and informed by gender considerations

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Risk Transfer

  • Insurance schemes designed to benefit vulnerable populations.


  • Strengthened community resilience through gender sensitive training in preparedness functions

    • Shelter management, Warehouse management

    • Evacuation planning