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Regional countries benefit from disaster resilience training at UTECH

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMJody-Ann Gilpin/ Gleaner Writer
A section of the University of Technology campus in Papine, St Andrew.

The resilience of several regional countries to the effects of climate change is expected to improve with the training of persons in Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Management by the University of Technology (UTECH).

The delivery of the short course comes from a partnership with the Organisation of American States (OAS), in association with the Government of Chile.

The training is intended to strengthen the capabilities of CARICOM member states in the areas of Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Resilience Building.
In highlighting the significance of the course, UTECH President Professor Stephen Vasciannie, pointed to the historically adverse social and economic impact of climate change in CARICOM countries. He said many regional countries were faced with a common threat from natural hazards such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, which are getting more frequent and intense.
“We are pleased to be lending our knowledge and expertise through this disaster mitigation course which will serve to enhance learning and build the capacity in CARICOM countries to respond to these threats,” he said as he thanked the OAS and Chilean government for recognising the importance of the training.
The 25 scholarship recipients are drawn from eight OAS member states in CARICOM. They include: Barbados, Guyana, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.

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