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Portmore Municipal Council gets $48m to strengthen disaster risk management

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 3:56 PM
A section of Portmore in St Catherine.

The Portmore Municipal Corporation (PMC) has received over $48 million in multilateral grant funding through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to strengthen its disaster risk management capacity.

The Bank says the funds will be used to pay for technical assistance to revise the Portmore multi-hazard risk profile and disaster risk management plan; improve the natural hazards and vulnerability geographical information system (GIS) database, and strengthen the GIS capacity of the PMC.

Due to its location, geology and socio-economic factors, Portmore is considered to be one of the most vulnerable municipalities to natural hazards, mainly coastal and riverine floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.

Coordinator of the CDB’s Environmental Sustainability Unit, Cheryl Dixon, says the funds will also allow the PMC to access the necessary tools and reliable hazard risk data; make evidenced-based decisions in respect to disaster risk management; enable effective coordination of disaster risk management activities; and mainstream disaster risk management into its work programme.

The grant funds come from the African Caribbean Pacific European Union CDB Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM countries programme.

The Programme seeks to strengthen regional, national and community-level capacities for preparedness, management and coordinated interventions, and timely response to natural hazards and the effects of climate change.