Caribbean Risk Management Initiative

The Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI) was an umbrella programme launched in 2004 by the UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) and the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) as a knowledge network designed to build capacity across the Caribbean region for the management of climate-related risk between the different linguistic communities.

CRMI focused on increasing capacity through South-South collaboration and the identification and exchange of existing technical capacities. Another key strategy of this program was the documentation and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned in different aspects related to disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change, as well as early recovery in small island developing states (SIDS). CRMI also aimed to encourage dialogue and closer engagement between climate scientists and the more operational community of disaster managers.

The program’s expected overall impacts were:
• Greater awareness among Caribbean actors in climate risk management of the diverse sources of expertise in their region.
• More systematic collaboration among institutions from various Caribbean countries on climate risk management activities.
• Identification of and dissemination of best practices in the Caribbean which can potentially be replicated or adapted.