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Building Disaster Management Capacity of Women in Guyana


Guyana is extremely susceptible to hydro-meteorological hazards, such as flooding and droughts that often have a devastating impact on the country’s primary industry – agriculture. The multiplier effect of climate change poses numerous cross-cutting challenges to agricultural communities with regard to poverty, food insecurity and undernutrition, but also gender inequality as women working within the sector need to be empowered.

In order to reduce vulnerabilities and bolster disaster management capacity in Guyana, UNITAR-UNOSAT has teamed up with UNDP and national stakeholders to implement a 3-year project tackling three main drivers of the above-mentioned challenges:

  1. Gaps in gender analysis, hazard and risk data;
  2. Limited integration of climate change and disaster risk planning and practices in the agriculture sector; and
  3. Limited access to appropriate, sustainable finance for vulnerable small farmers and women.

(Please visit here to learn more about the overall project)


UNITAR-UNOSAT’s contribution


To enhance Guyana’s disaster resilience with a particular focus on flood-prone communities, UNITAR-UNOSAT, in conjunction with CIMA Research Foundation, is developing and implementing an Early Warning System using a Flood Modelling approach.

The newly established National Flood Early Warning System (NFEWS) will provide key national stakeholders with timely flood warnings and other analytical outputs based on weather and hydrological forecasts.

The project in Guyana will be comprised of two main components:

  1. Implementation of the FloodFinder operational framework to establish the NFEWS; and
  2. Delivery of capacity-building activities to ensure proper knowledge transfer and handover of the flood forecast solutions & early warning system implementation.

The strengthened national system, including effective dissemination of weather and climate information, will help improve the disaster preparedness and crisis response capabilities of Hydromet (under Ministry of Agriculture), Civil Defense Commission and relevant stakeholders in Guyana. Moreover, the gender-responsive approach, which aims to provide support for women in agriculture, will be applied to all implementation and review processes. 




National level

Hydromet department of Ministry of Agriculture, Civil Defense Commission (CDC), National Agricultural Research and Extension institute (NAREI), National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) and Ministry of Public Infrastructure.

Regional/local level

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), Community-based DRM (CBDRM), Ministry of Communities, farmers’ associations, individual farmers and concerned citizens.





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