Capacity Building for Natural Mitigation in the Caribbean (Regional Landslide Model)

In 2007 the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) in association with the Mona GeoInformatics Institute, the Unit for Disaster Studies (UDS) and Dept. of Geography and Geology, UWI, launched a collaborative project entitled “Capacity Building for Natural Disaster Mitigation in the Caribbean” with the support of regional and local institutions involved in natural hazard mitigation in the Caribbean. The project aims and activities included capacity building, educational and Scientific Exchange; Caribbean regional hazard and risk hotspot maps; disaster mitigation demonstration projects; and regional dissemination of results. This was a bifocal project, with MGI spearheading the analysis on landslides across the Caribbean while the Coastal Zone Management Unit in Barbados focused on tsunamis. MGI looked at the distribution of landslides and vulnerable populations across the region, but honed in on the Hope River Valley area in Jamaica specifically as a target area for focus and emphasis. Two regional workshops were organized by MGI, NGI & USD on coastal flooding/tsunami hazard and landslides at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, July 2007 and December 2008, where various Caribbean interest groups were brought together. Results on Caribbean landslide hotspot analysis, landslide mitigation, and tsunami hazard were presented.