Getting the Caribbean culture sector disaster-prepared

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The loss of culture also leads to a loss of identity and thus affects the way people interact with the world and influences the strength of communities to build resilience to external factors such as natural disasters. . In times of climate disasters and their devastating impact for Caribbean Small Island Developing States, such as Irma, Maria, and Dorian, cultural heritage is at risk, and thus the loss of identities for whole societies and nations.

The Caribbean cultural sector lacks the necessary conditions and capacities to respond appropriately to disasters and to manage or even avert them.

It is important to understand the importance of the impact of climate change on the cultural sector in order to be able to respond adequately to disaster preparedness and risk assessment.

For this reason, UNESCO and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) were organizing the sub-regional workshop on disaster resilience in the Caribbean cultural sector from March 11-12 in Bridgetown, Barbados.