The project aims at improving the level of preparedness and the response capacities of disaster management stakeholders and the populations exposed to volcanic and volcanic-associated risks in the Lesser Antilles. Its purpose is to raise awareness amongst the population and stakeholders, to strengthen operational capacities of the communities and authorities, and finally to share experiences between scientific organizations, regional agencies and its national partners as well as international stakeholders through the implementation of a Think Tank.
The Think Tank was created with the principle of addressing the need for consultation around the question of volcanic risk in the Lesser Antilles. The first meeting held in Dominica last October focused on reviewing existing educational and informational materials, as well as public awareness and early warning systems. The objective of the second meeting in Montserrat on March earlier this year, was to develop guidelines and recommendations about contingency planning to be shared and applied at different levels in the Lesser Antilles countries and territories affected by Volcanic and associated risks, focusing on three different examples: the Montserrat, Dominica and St. Vincent & the Grenadines cases.
European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO)
French Red Cross (PIRAC)