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DIPECHO: Volcanis risk management in the Lesser Antilles

Press release: 3rd Think Tank in Dominica

02/10/2014

PRESS RELEASE
October 8-9, 2014: 3rd Volcanic risk management Think Tank Meeting


For the third time, volcanic risk management experts for the Lesser Antilles meet to share experiences, define areas of work to improve volcanic risk management and build their strategy for coming years.
The meeting is to be held in Dominica where the following participants, among others, will attend: National disaster management agencies, Red Cross National Societies from Dominica, St Vincent & the Grenadine and Montserrat, scientists from SRC and MVO, CDEMA, IFRC and UNDP, etc.
The European Commission through the disaster preparedness program, and French Red Cross/PIRAC will support costs of the meetings.


WHEN: October 8-9, 2014 the 3rd regional volcanic risk management Think Tank meeting.
OBJECTIVE: Share experiences on volcanic risk management: identify priorities and develop a sustainable future for the Think Tank.
VENUE: Dominica Red Cross headquarters, National Headquarters, Federation Drive, Goodwil, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica,
CONTACT: Ms. Kathleen PINARD-BYRNE, email: directorgeneral@redcross.dm, phone: (767) 448 8280

Regional volcanic risk Think-Tank:
The THINK TANK is a group created to discuss and exchange experiences in order to provide recommendations and materials aimed at reducing volcanic risk in the Lesser Antilles.
This initiative has been set up last September 2013 in the framework of a project named “Preparation of institutional stakeholders and the populations situated in the Lesser Antilles facing volcanic risks” partnering French Red Cross, Dominica Red Cross and St Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross, funded under the DIPECHO action plan and by PIRAC.


The project aims at improving the level of preparedness and the response capacities of disaster management stakeholders and the populations exposed to volcanic and volcanic-associated risks in the Lesser Antilles. Its purpose is to raise awareness amongst the population and stakeholders, to strengthen operational capacities of the communities and authorities, and finally to share experiences between scientific organizations, regional agencies and its national partners as well as international stakeholders through the implementation of a Think Tank.
The creation of a THINK TANK addresses the need for consultation around the question of volcanic risk in the Lesser Antilles.


The first meeting held in Dominica focused on reviewing existing educational and informational materials, as well as public awareness and early warning systems. The objective of the second meeting in Montserrat was to develop guidelines and recommendations about contingency planning to be shared and applied at different levels in the Lesser Antilles countries and territories affected by Volcanic and associated risks, focusing on three different examples: the Montserrat, Dominica and St. Vincent & the Grenadines cases.


The 3rd Think Tank will concentrate on the following:
1. Progress and experience sharing about volcanic risk management within the region
2. Pre-identify key priorities or elements of interest for an improved and regionally coordinated volcanic risk management.
3. Build up a sustainable future for the Think Tank on regional volcanic risk management.


Participating entities to the 3rd Volcanic risk management Think-Tank:
- Dominica Office of Disaster Management (ODM)
- National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA)
- Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
- Seismic Research Centre, University of West Indies, (UWI-SRC)
- Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO)
- US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
- French islands Civil Defense (EMIZA)
- Dominica Red Cross (DRC)
- St Vincent & the Grenadines Red Cross (SVGRC)
- Montserrat / British Red Cross Society (MRC- BRC)
- French Red Cross (FRC)
- International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


Agenda:
DAY 1 October 8th, 2014 (9:00 am – 5:30 pm):
Sharing experience of volcanic risk management and identification of work priorities.
DAY 2 October 9th, 2014 (9:00 am – 5:30 pm):
Build-up the sustainability of the Think-Tank beyond the current project.