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Third session of the regional platform for disaster risk reduction in the Americas: Statement by British Virgin Islands

A statement in which the government of The British Virgin Islands (GBVI), through its Department of Disaster Management (DDM), asserted its commitment to the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) conceptual approach and to the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures into ecologically sustainable development policies, planning and programming activities with special emphasis on disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and vulnerability reduction.

It also highlighted the British Virgin Islands' sustained achievements in DRR in the areas of: (i) planning, through physical and engineering mitigation works, land use planning and building codes, capacity building for building professionals and update of hazard atlas; (ii) policy and legislature through the Physical Planning Act, the CDM Policy and the Disaster Management Act; (iii) involvement at all levels of intervention, focusing on disaster preparedness and incorporating the range of activities undertaken prior to the impact of a hazard to ensure effective response to the impact, including issuance of timely and effective early warnings and the temporary evacuation of persons from threatened locations. It then described the challenges in terms of investments, private sector disaster preparedness and cost benefit analysis, and concluded with ways forward.

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Keywords

  • Themes:Capacity Development, Early Warning, Economics of DRR, Environment, GIS & Mapping, Governance, Public-private Partnerships, Structural Safety, Urban Risk & Planning
  • Countries/Regions:British Virgin Islands

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/30252

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