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Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean

Resilience to Natural Disasters

Through the Sustainable Communities Central America and the Caribbean project, the OAS seeks to support projects that strengthen the member states’ capacity to successfully plan, prevent, manage and mitigate the risk associated to natural hazards at the community level, thereby contributing to their efforts to become more resilient. The following examples of existing or previously implemented projects that would fall under this pillar are provided for reference:

  • Integrated Natural Risk Reduction as a component of Sustainable Communities: The project would promote a key tool for developing safe, sound urban areas: the hazard map developed with a multi-hazard approach. To reduce the risk of disasters, instead of merely reducing construction vulnerability, a new emphasis is applied on using hazard maps for city expansion and densification, as well as for the planning and construction of safe urban lifelines.

  • Family Level Resilience to Drought: The project increases rural resilience to drought and decreases migration to urban centers by training community leaders and establishing alternative income sources for family in drought-prone municipalities. Community leaders learn effective water management techniques and build rainwater collection and storage areas in the communities. Also, additional income is generated through a cooperative that recycles plastic bottles, increasing residents’ resilience to periods of drought.
  • Response Equipment and First-Responder Training for Local Communities: The project provides emergency radio communications equipment and technology training to municipal and community leaders in indigenous communities. Also, first responder training and equipment is provided to volunteer members of disaster response committees throughout the communities. Training includes a full scale emergency situation to test communications equipment, procedures, and protocols.
  • Early Warning System for Forest Fires: The project implements an early warning detection and response system in a region of remote communities. The project also provides forest firefighter training and communications and firefighting equipment to the central, heavily populated communities. The project enables officials to broadcast radio announcements during future fires to ensure people receive adequate warning and have the opportunity to vacate.
For further information on this project please contact Richard Huber at 202 458 3227 or by email at [email protected].



Meetings and Conferences
Panel of Experts "Sustainable Cities in the Americas: Collaborating for Livable and Inclusive Cities May 3, 2011