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Country Report Jamaica

  • ID: 2105438
  • March 2015
  • Region: Jamaica
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), held in Japan in March, produced a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Framework for Action 2005-2015, the first internationally agreed framework for disaster risk management. While Latin America achieved some of the original agreement's goals, such as improved preparedness and civil protection, the region made less progress in addressing the underlying risk factors for disasters. Thus, the issue remains critical for the region, particularly given its poor urban planning, aging infrastructure and unsustainable environmental practices.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the world region second-most affected by natural disasters. According to the Annual Disasters Statistical Review 2013, published by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) at the University of Louvain in Belgium, 22.4% of all natural disasters took place in the Americas (behind only Asia's 47.3%). Crucially, natural disasters have the potential to produce significant political, social and economic upheaval, as they can lead to food price increases, large-scale involuntary migration and disruption of supply chains, READ MORE >

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Country Report Jamaica

A challenging regional outlook for disaster risk management
Natural disasters: types and costs
The region's hotspots
Challenges and opportunities of urbanisation
A bleak outlook

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