Local government, environmental management and DRR addressing multiple hazards and supporting the most at risk
Government of Jamaica
Caribean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
3 November 2021
Parallel session 6
This session will turn the lens on the need for local government processes to integrate DRR actions and environmental systems management as they work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite successes, integration still faces challenges, some of which include policy coherence, lack of coordination and collaboration, and in recent times, the impact of COVID-19, coupled with the effects of climate change. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a number of challenges and forces local government and environmental health and climate change actors to examine the realities of an already compounded systemic risk environment. It is therefore necessary that a “network perspective” approach to risk governance is adopted to effectively counter systemic risk. A comprehensive approach to disaster risk management is paramount.
The session will utilize storytelling and animated video to achieve the following goals:
- Promote the exchange of experiences between different countries and regions that have successfully integrated DRR, CCA and environmental systems management into local government processes.
- Examine the systemic risks within a multi-hazard environment, including pandemics, using a multi-sectoral approach.
- Advance implementation of priorities 1 and 2 (target e) of the Sendai Framework by identifying common factors and best practices such as DRR plans, policies, legal frameworks, programmes and local governance that can be replicated by other countries and/or regions.
- Examine the challenges facing national and local levels in responding to climate-related hazards while responding to COVID-19.
Hon. Homer Davis
Minister of State, Ministry Local Government Rural Development, Jamaica
María Emilsen Angulo
Mayor of Tumaco, Nariño, Colombia
Senior Specialist, Natural Disaster & Risk Management, Inter-American Development Bank
Chief Executive Officer, Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation
Senator Councillor, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation
Chairman, Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Cooperation, Trinidad and Tobago
Parish Disaster Coordinator, Clarendon Municipal Corporation, Jamaica