As of September 2009, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) has changed its name to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The change represents an organizational transition and a new approach based on comprehensive disaster management.

The agency’s structure and mandate have been expanded to include reducing losses resulting from disasters and adopting disaster mitigation policies and practices at national and regional levels. In addition, cooperative arrangements and mechanisms have been made to develop a culture of disaster loss reduction.

Under the new structure, CDEMA will work with 18 countries, including Haiti and Suriname, who recently signed agreements to join the organization. According to the Executive Director of CDEMA, participating countries are ready to embrace policies and programs that reflect new challenges and hazards, which range from climate change to cross-border hazards such as pandemics. You can get more information by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..