Press Release:- Climate shocks are not only responsible for increasing humanitarian crises but are also leading factors in augmenting poverty and food insecurity in Saint Lucia.
To deal with this situation countries must implement systems that can respond effectively to protect the vulnerable who depend directly on Social services for their survival and welfare.
To accomplish this task on Tuesday March 19th the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment in partnership with United Nation World Food and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) held a consultation at the Ministry’s conference room.
United Nations World Food representative Ms. Francesca Ciardi stated that the procedure will commence with the examination of the Social Services of the Social Protection System.
“Our focus in Saint Lucia is to really look at the National Social Protection System and how it can co-exist with the national disaster protocol procedures in the event of an emergency. We are delighted to be part of this study. This morning we met with the different heads at the Ministry where we decided to examine this issue from five (5) areas: Coordination, Financing, Information Management, Data Management and Targeting Mechanisms.”
Disasters caused by these weather-related hazards impose large costs on the country’s fragile economy and exacerbate poverty levels. They have destroyed infrastructure and disrupted the provision of essential services.
“We do envisage that the finding will be used to strengthen the Social Protection System in
Saint Lucia and the developed system would be used to locate vulnerable people who need toassistance before during and after a disaster.”
Social Protection can help people manage climate and disaster risk by helping the most
vulnerable to respond before the disaster happens.