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- Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Bolivia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - El Salvador - Grenada - Guatemala - Guyana - Haiti - Honduras - Jamaica - Mexico - Nicaragua - Panama - Paraguay - Peru - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago - United States - Uruguay - Venezuela -
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Date:  6/18/2010 
Canada is active in supporting disaster risk reduction initiatives in the Americas and Caribbean region. Canada is contributing $20 million to the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility from 2007 to 2012. In addition, Canada is contributing $20 million to the Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Program from 2007 to 2015 to strengthen regional, national and community level capacity for the mitigation, management, and coordinated response to natural and technological hazards, and the effects of climate change. Canada provided $250,000 to the ISDR Regional Platform in 2009. In addition, Canada has provided support to the Pan-American Health Organization’s Programme for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief since 1988. Canada contributes to the work of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) ad hoc committee for re-building the Hydrometeotrological services of Haiti. Specialized information technology equipment has been shipped to increase the capacity to deliver forecasts and warnings, in particular, during the 2010 rainy and hurricane seasons. In addition, for the 2010 cyclonic season, Canada is deploying meteorologists to augment the capacity of the Haitian Meteorological Service. Canada was identified as the lead for the WMO Assessment Team to recommend short, mid and long term initiatives to increase operational capacity of the Meteorological and Hydrological Services of Haiti.

In addition, Canada also gives financial support to organizations that provide humanitarian assistance following natural disasters. These organizations work to ensure basic human needs such as physical security, food, water, health care, and shelter are met. For example, following the earthquake that struck Haiti January 12, 2010, Canada provided over $150 million in humanitarian assistance.
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Date:  6/18/2010 
At the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June 2009, Canada announced its commitment to establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, in accordance with the Hyogo Declaration and Framework for Action. Once established, Canada’s National Platform will create the enabling environment for raising awareness and encouraging the systematic integration into national policies, plans and programs of knowledge about hazards and measures for reducing their negative consequences. Canada’s National Platform will aim to involve all levels of government and stakeholders representing a variety of sectors in coordinating efforts for managing hazard risks and potential impacts. Through the National Platform, the Government of Canada will leverage resources and expertise for collaborating on domestic, regional and international disaster risk reduction initiatives. Since 2006, Canada has conducted annually the “72 hours…Is Your Family Prepared?” campaign, which recognizes that emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility among all levels of government and citizens. The campaign encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need. Canada has also contributed to the Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Program which aims to increase the capacity of regional organizations, national governments and local communities to respond to and manage natural disasters, as well as reduce their impact.
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Date:  6/18/2010 
Recognizing the linkages between adaptation, disaster risk reduction and other development related issues, Canada encourages collaboration among the many players, agencies and fora that address these issues. Canada has made significant investments in disaster risk reduction initiatives, with a strong focus on the Americas. Canada’s total disaster risk reduction contribution in the region amounts to over $50 million over 2010-2015 for projects such as the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.
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