The University of the West Indies will unveil the Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre beginning at 10.00 a.m. The Atlas, which arose from the need for reliable data to enhance decision-making to reduce the serious economic and social impacts caused by natural hazards in the region, is being branded as a paradigm shift in the development of comprehensive risk management strategies in the Caribbean.
According to Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Harris, The University of the West Indies (UWI) is very honoured to be at the forefront of this initiative. “The UWI has once again raised the bar for Caribbean integration. Under the management of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) and the technical expertise of the Seismic Research Centre in St Augustine, and the Mona GeoInformatix Institute, the Caribbean can now benefit from cutting edge technology, providing up-to-date and verified data available for the analysis and management of natural hazards in the region”, commented Professor Harris.
The Launch of the disaster atlas, precedes training on June 27 and 28 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios for experts in the sector. A symposium culminates these activities and will include the presentation of technical papers arising from the two-year investigations that occurred in Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados
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