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Continuing Disaster Risk Reduction During COVID-19


Suriname is a Caribbean country with a population of 610,000 bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The Caribbean region is twelve times more exposed to natural disasters than the world average. With most of its population located in coastal areas, Suriname faces significant risks due to hazards like flooding and strong winds. Climate change impacts only serve to worsen this situation, with various climate forecasts indicating that temperatures and sea levels in Suriname are expected to rise. The vast majority of the Surinamese population live in coastal regions, resulting in climate threats to the population, biodiversity and the economy.

Since 2018, Suriname has been a key country in the Community Resilience Building (CRB) Caribbean Region Program. Under this program, the Suriname Red Cross Society (SRCS), in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), aims to strengthen the resilience of seven vulnerable communities to the impacts of climate change. The communities were selected in coordination with the National Coordination Center for Disaster Management (NCCR), local officials and village councils, and include Johanna Margaretha, Kronenburg, Galibi, Wanhatti, Tamarin, Akalekondre and Moengotapoe. The selected communities include Surinamese of Javanese, Indian and Maroon descent as well as indigenous Caribs/Kalina. The program aims to support these communities by raising awareness on disaster risks and provide training for various gender-specific and ecosystem-based tools. Ultimately, the program will empower communities to monitor risks and hazards, to self-identify and address their own vulnerabilities and gaps in capabilities by developing community resilience plans and continuing to conduct awareness meetings.

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COVID-19, Cyclone, Disaster