Disaster Management Projects

Forensic analysis for research on disaster recovery

In November 2019, The UWI, through its Seismic Research Centre was part of a collaborative effort with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the University of Portsmouth, and The University of East Anglia to host a workshop on forensic analysis for research on disaster recovery.

This workshop brought together different stakeholders involved in recovery efforts after the eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat and Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Dominica. Its aim was to seek to improve recovery planning; translate lessons from past events into policy, and change the fundamental understanding of recovery across the Caribbean.

Enhancing Knowledge and Application of Comprehensive Disaster Management (EKACDM)

Another Caribbean research project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, focused on strengthening resilience by Enhancing Knowledge and Application of Comprehensive Disaster Management (EKACDM) among stakeholders in the region. It established an effective mechanism for managing and sharing Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) knowledge used for decision-making among governments, local communities, private sector and voluntary organisations in the Caribbean. Included as part of the project was the development of courses at the master’s level which will lead to an online graduate degree programme.