NEMO Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and UNDP Barbados and the OECS collaborate to review national damage assessment process

As part of the Post-Tomas Recovery project in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, their National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) recently concluded a workshop on damage and loss assessments, facilitated by Mr. Lancelot Busby, Statistical Economist.

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The three day workshop, held from 18 – 20 January, was aimed at training participants’ to assess macro, socio-economic and environmental impacts of natural and man-hazards in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This would facilitate a strengthening of the damage and recovery processes on the island in the aftermath of hazard impacts.

The Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA) Methodology was initially developed by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) in 1972. The DaLA Methodology bases its assessments on the overall economy of the affected country and uses the national accounts and statistics of the government as baseline data to assess damage and loss. It also factors in the impact of disasters on individual livelihoods and incomes to fully define the needs for recovery and reconstruction. This approach, which was adapted for small developing states by the UNECLAC Caribbean office in Trinidad and Tobago, has been applied to assess the impact of all major hazards experienced in the Caribbean for over a decade.

UNDP Barbados and the OECS in collaboration with UNECLAC and the OECS Secretariat has supported training exercises in most of the OECS countries in the use and application of damage and loss assessment methodology. These initiatives have been within the larger disaster risk reduction programming aimed at strengthening national and regional capacities to implement post disaster assessments and formulate recovery plans and programme.

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