Blog post by CANARI’s disaster expert, Technical Officer, Candice Ramkissoon:
As the world celebrates International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 13, 2020, CANARI’s disaster expert, Candice Ramkissoon, explores how the COVID-19 threat is exacerbating risks from biodiversity loss and climate change being faced by poor and vulnerable communities in the Caribbean. Efforts need to focus on scaling up community-led actions and influencing local plans and budgets to prioritise the needs of those most vulnerable.
Multiple risks are threatening Caribbean poor and vulnerable communities
The COVID-19 pandemic is an existential threat in the Caribbean and the socio-economic impacts are especially being felt by poor and vulnerable communities. The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) has already projected that COVID-19 will result in the worst recession in the region in a century, causing a 9.1% contraction in regional GDP in 2020.