Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS) are increasingly vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards that can erase decades of development advances and further entrench poverty and inequality. UNDP Trinidad and Tobago aims to create an enabling environment for increasing local capacities for inclusive and sustainable human development; meet their regional commitments, and internationally agreed goals including the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP focuses on policy and knowledge advisory services that facilitate poverty reduction, improved democratic governance, sound environmental management, climate resilience, options for sustainable energy and building resilience to natural and man-made hazards.
Protecting the environment
The building of national and community resilience to natural and man-made hazards is the overall objective of the UNDP Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction portfolio in Trinidad and Tobago. UNDP supports the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) through access to best practices, technical advice and operational support through its worldwide network of expertise in disaster management. The current joint capacity building project between UNDP and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) hopes to make a contribution to improved Disaster Risk Management Policy, Strategy and Operations in Trinidad and Tobago, and will assist development of a well-functioning Disaster Risk Management public education and early warning system.
Projects and Initiatives
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement in February 2011 to develop a programme which increases capacity for disaster risk management in Trinidad and Tobago. The desired outputs include an improved Disaster Risk Management framework of policies and strategies for four (4) sectors or ministries. This framework would involve the consideration of a gender sensitive capacity development program and aim to mainstream DRM procedures into sector policies, laws, development planning and operations, and decision-making. The development of a well-functioning Emergency Communications System is also including gender sensitive DRM public education and awareness programs designed for multi-hazard exposure and delivery to target audience. This will see the strengthening of the emergency communication system in at least three categories of critical infrastructure.
Assessment, ranking and mapping of critical facilities in Trinidad and Tobago
Critical infrastructure refers to processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of citizens and the effective functioning of government. Critical infrastructure can be stand-alone or interconnected and interdependent within and across provinces, territories and national borders. Disruptions of critical infrastructure could result in catastrophic loss of life, adverse economic effects and significant harm to public confidence. Critical infrastructure is systems and assets so vital to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health and safety, or any combination of those matters.
Building Small Scale Farmers’ Capacity to Implement Sustainable Farming Practices in Trinidad’s Northern Range
This project is designed to address the issue of land degradation which is considered a focal area within the context of the UNDP Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP). The project is developed as part of a larger initiative being implemented by The Cropper Foundation and its partners that seeks to build capacity of small-scale subsistence farmers within the Northern Range to implement sustainable farming practices (SFPs), explore opportunities for improving livelihoods and food security, and reduce the negative environmental impacts of unsustainable hillside farming.