Canada Announces Support to Improve Natural Disaster Management and Response in Haiti
February 19, 2018 - Montreal, Quebec - Global Affairs Canada
Haiti is one of the most vulnerable countries to natural disasters and climate change. The hurricane season of 2016 was particularly devastating for the country. Hurricane Matthew's recovery efforts are still ongoing, with the addition of damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
On behalf of the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Mr. Emmanuel Dubourg, Member of Parliament for the Federal District of Bourassa, today announced that Canada will contribute $15.15 million over 3 years to the United Nations Development Program to improve the management and response to natural disasters in Haiti.
Canada's contribution will strengthen the capacity of Haitian authorities to prepare and implement community recovery plans. This support will allow to better prioritize activities following a disaster, such as the restoration of infrastructures, the revival of basic services and the restoration of economic activities. It will also support recovery and reconstruction efforts in the most vulnerable communities and promote the inclusion and participation of women as socio-economic actors and agents of change. These communities will become more resilient and better prepared to natural disasters.
“Canada is pleased to be able to help Haiti better respond to natural disasters and continue its reconstruction efforts. It will allow the country to become more dynamic and stronger.”
- Emmanuel Dubourg, Member of Parliament for the Federal District of Bourassa
Since 2004, Haiti has been hit by over 20 hurricanes and tropical storms.
The passage of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 created another humanitarian emergency, the largest since the earthquake in 2010.
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