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Interreg Ready Together Project Featured at COP26

(Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Press Release) At COP26 in Glasgow Scotland, a recurrent theme during discussions, presentations, and negotiations among Parties, was for Small Island Developing States to find innovative ways to build resilience to deal with natural disasters – an ever-present reality for OECS Member States.

Several ongoing projects designed to assist in this manner were featured during the two-week event, including the “READY Together” Project – a four million Euro Interreg Project, designed to strengthen the emergency preparedness and response capacities of the Caribbean territories, targeting three main groups:

  1. Institutions and emergency actors,

  2. Economic actors; and

  3. Local populations.

The programme has a budget of €6,600,000, and is being executed over a four-year period – January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022.

The over 30,000 participants at COP26 were made aware of the practical solutions being adopted and implemented through the Ready Together initiative to bolster responses to disasters such as hurricanes and floods in the beneficiary countries.

Eight Caribbean countries are the primary beneficiaries, namely, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – six of which are OECS Member States.

Read more at: OECS Press Room

Staff Writer, CARICOM November 16, 2021

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