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Enhancing Gender Visibility in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Caribbean

A research project

The acceleration of global climate change and the increasing risk posed by a range of natural, environmental and technological hazards is one of the Caribbean’s most critical development problems. Climate change associated risks are magnified in the region, given the number of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), fragile resource base and limited development options. As one of the five key practice areas, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is working to assist countries to prevent crisis and encourage recovery, making the integration of risk reduction into the human development framework an essential component. The Hyogo Framework for Action, approved in January 2005 as an outcome of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, guides UNDP’s collaboration in this area and is a decisive step forward in putting disaster risk reduction on the international agenda.

In the Caribbean region, UNDP supports such objectives through the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) and the Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI). The CRMI provides a platform for coordinating and sharing knowledge, skills, reflection, and discussion in the field of climate change risk management, across language groups and cultures in the Caribbean.

The CRMI is committed to encouraging a gender perspective as an integral aspect of risk management and, as an outcome, has undertaken this compilation of studies on gender, disaster risk management and climate change. The objective of the research Enhancing Gender Visibility in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Caribbean is to make visible the differences between men and women in their ways of experiencing, managing and adapting to risk in the region, in order to advocate for more effective national and regional risk management policies and practices through the incorporation of gender.

Study documents

The study contains ten documents, highlighting the research findings in two main areas: five Country Assessment Reports on disaster management mechanisms and three Case Studies on the gender impact of climate change. In addition, an Executive Summary and a gender presentation are also provided.

The Enhancing Gender Visibility in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Caribbean body of research aims to acknowledge gender vulnerability to climate change and is intended to animate discussion in the Caribbean region on the integration of a gender perspective into disaster risk reduction, response and recovery strategies, policies and plans as a key aspect of effective risk management. The recommendations aim to move forward the discussion into concrete actions which recognize the importance of gender as a crucial element in addressing climate change, creating efforts to mitigate it and developing successful adaptation practices.


The research project was possible due to the support of the UNDP Gender Thematic Trust Fund and the Spanish - UNDP Trust Fund.

The research was coordinated by the Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) Mona Unit, University of the West Indies (UWI).


Dr. Leith Dunn
Ms. Patricia Mendoza
Ms. Erika Ellis
Ms. June Castello
Mr. Keino Senior
Dr. Paulette Bynoe
Mrs. Linnette Vassell
Ms. Sheila Ketwaru


Mr. Ian King
Ms. Jacinda Fairholm
Ms. Avril Alexander
Ms. Karen Bernard
Ms. Caroline Juneau
Mr. Marlon Clarke


Mr. Jean-Jacques Bonaldi
Mr. Martin Karakas
Ms. Telma Rodriguez


Ms. Judi Clark
Ms. Norma Shorey Bryan
Mrs. Pansy Hamilton
Ms. Shirley Campbell
Ms. Giselle Bulwa
Ms. Raquel Pollo Gonzalez


Mr. Kevin Webster
Mr. Daniel Peña
Mr. Maury Montero
Mr. Edgar Cuesta