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Earth Today | Managers for regional disaster risk reduction projects get tech training

FOURTEEN TEAM leaders from eight community climate change and disaster risk-reduction projects in four Caribbean countries recently got hands-on training with an online information system to boost their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity.

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The projects, which are being implemented under the Caribbean Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF) in Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Belize, aim to reduce risk and build community resilience to adapt to climate change and disasters.

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CDRRF is managed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and supported with funding from the European Union and the government of Canada.

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“This training will enable us to have more timely input of reports and eventually consolidate data across all eight sub-projects,” said Claudia James, project manager for the CDRRF.

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“We really need to extract information that allows us to speak to the trends, challenges and successes of each project, and determine what the numbers are telling us. Then we can explore this data in more detail, to get more qualitative results,” she added

During the training at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston, all eight projects were represented by their project managers and data management officers. They were exposed to a week-long management information system session to help them improve not only M&E, but also the reporting and communication of results across varied platforms

This recent training follows last November’s global information system mapping sessions at which community groups were introduced to community climate vulnerability assessments and the Rapid Community Climate Vulnerability Assessment toolkit. Project participants have also benefited from training in communications and the presentation of project data across varied platforms

This approach is being taken to help build community resilience and support communities in addressing new and existing risks presented by natural hazards and climate change impacts

The training readily aligns with a key component of CDRRF projects, which focus on improving infrastructure, enhancing livelihoods and increasing disaster risk-management and climate change adaptation capacity through the implementation of community-based resilience projects

Projects being implemented across the four countries cover a diverse range of areas, including rehabilitation of emergency shelters; installation of early-warning systems; business continuity planning training for small and medium-sized enterprises; training of farmers in climate-smart agricultural practices and financial management; support for the reactivation of at least one female farmer’s group; and safety-at-sea training for fisherfolk



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