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Caribbean to benefit from new ACP study

Published:Tuesday | February 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

BRUSSELS (CMC):

Caribbean countries are to benefit from a disaster preparedness study launched by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group that offers a comprehensive view of the various risks faced by member countries, as well as valuable efforts to reduce them.

The ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge, financed by the 10th European Development Fund under the Intra-ACP Cooperation envelope for Disaster Risk Reduction, shows that disaster risk in ACP countries is considerably higher than in other regions.

The study found that 12 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Caribbean were among the 20 most at risk from disasters in the world.

The report also notes that over a long period, ACP countries on average will lose US$6.9 billion annually from disasters, representing 2.3 per cent of their total gross domestic product (GDP).

"This compendium is telling us that disaster risk management is not the same thing as disaster management. While countries in the ACP have had good experience in managing disaster events in the past, it is now time that we start to proactively reduce the underlying drivers of these risks to stem this growth of human and economic losses.

"I believe that political leaders, policymakers and practitioners should use this compendium to understand their risks so that they can judge wisely how best to address them," said ACP Secretary General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni.

Head of Unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Susanne Mallaum, said the study helps in a practical manner to understand the real nature of risks that countries in the ACP regions face.