Disaster preparedness makes a difference:

Contributions from ECHO and its partners to the strategies
of the Latin American and Caribbean region

June 18 and 19. Cartagena Colombia


The department of the European Commission for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) together with the partners of the Disaster Preparedness Program of the European Commission in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are organizing the Regional Workshop Disaster preparedness makes the difference: Contributions from ECHO and its partners to the strategies of the Latin American and Caribbean region, which will be held on June 18th  and 19th, 2018 in the Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

In 2018, for the first time, the workshop will bring together actors from the three subregions -the Caribbean, Central America and South America- in order to exchange views, experiences, knowledge and ideas on how investments in disaster preparedness make the difference. This event will constitute a preliminary activity to the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that will also be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia from June 20th to 22nd, 2018.


The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. Illustrate how some actions (with or without ECHO funding) can make a difference in case of an emergency. This is of strategic importance especially when funds are not unlimited, therefore requiring the optimization of disaster preparedness resources.
  2. Generate a debate about how best to communicate about investments and how to optimize the aid of cooperation in general in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) sector
  3. Facilitate the space to present priorities by subregion that will guide the contribution of international cooperation. These priorities should be oriented towards actions that anticipate and/or facilitate a rapid response and recovery. These recommendations will be disseminated during the Regional Platform.

Approximately 150 key actors will participate in the workshop including representatives from disaster preparedness and response in Latin America and the Caribbean, the National Disaster Risk Management Systems in the region, intergovernmental organizations on disaster risk management, current partners and counterparts of the European Commission and other strategic partners, including international, regional and subregional organizations, United Nations agencies, multilateral organizations and bilateral cooperation agencies involved in this issue.








Session 1: Presentation "Disaster Preparedness makes a Difference".

ECHO Disaster Preparedness support in LAC - Overview