A five-year Country Work Programme for St. Vincent and the Grenadines is being formulated here this week, at a three-day workshop being hosted by the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) with the support of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The objective of the workshop is to formulate programmes and a plan of action to implement the national and regional priorities of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the National Economic and Social Development Plan of St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2013- 2026.

The workshop is being facilitated by consultant Gayle Drakes. The forum opened yesterday at NEMO’s Conference Room, and is scheduled to wrap up tomorrow.

The Country Work Programme will be developed based on the gaps identified during the recent Comprehensive Disaster Management CDM Audit.

The Comprehensive Disaster Management Audit was conducted in July, 2018 with National Stakeholders to review the National Disaster Management Programme (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery).

The Audit assessed St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ progress in implementing the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy and the UNISDR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The CDM Audit was conducted by face to face interviews with the consultant and the results were reviewed, and validated with stakeholders during a Verification Workshop which was held earlier this month.