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Because it is important?

The American continent is one of the areas with the highest risk of catastrophic events occurring, the impact caused by this type of phenomena significantly affects the population, its assets, the productive plant, public services and the environment. of the affected area; The magnitude of the damage increases as the density of the population increases, which is generally concentrated in large centers and risk areas. For this reason, it is a priority need to determine and implement the appropriate actions for relief and recovery of the population in the event of an emergency or disaster, and in the event that the national response capacity of the affected country has been exceeded and is requested. cooperation and humanitarian assistance of the International Community, the most efficient methods and procedures must be established so that the affected population can receive goods and services in the shortest possible time.

What do we do?

The Inter-American Defense Board maintains constant monitoring of situations that affect the Hemisphere, in order to be in a position to compile and disseminate relevant information on natural and anthropic phenomena that affect any region, which contributes to the efficient and effective humanitarian assistance that is provided. provided by the international community, to mitigate damage caused by disasters.

How do we do it?

1.- Through technical and advisory advice, so that member countries can receive information and establish contacts with international organizations in the following aspects:

  • Natural disasters and environment, Anthropic Disasters and Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (CBRN) contamination and Search and Rescue.
  • Promotion of awareness for the protection of the environment in the Hemisphere.
  • Maintenance of the database on aspects of humanitarian aid in the event of disasters

2.- Coordinating the execution of the IADB Cooperation Plan in Disaster Cases, while implementing the JID-CMDA Disaster Cooperation Mechanism (MECODE) and humanitarian assistance exercises (MECODEX).

3.- Compiling, recording and disseminating the experiences obtained by the Armed Forces of the Hemisphere (such as Lessons Learned, Good Practices, Manuals, Guides, Directives and Bulletins), in aspects related to humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation.

4.- Maintaining and expanding a network of contacts, both of the Ministries of Defense of the member and observer countries, and of the specialized organizations

5.- Carrying out Conferences, Seminars, Panels, Workshops and Exercises, with the participation of member countries and international experts of the highest level.

6.- Collecting, recording and disseminating through contact networks and institutional website, information on: Environment, Natural and Anthropic Disasters, Search and Rescue, among others.

Who do we do it with?

With the objective of contributing to ensuring that the humanitarian aid distribution and disaster mitigation processes are efficient and effective, the Inter-American Defense Board maintains permanent contact with:

  • Countries that make up the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Conference of Ministers of the Americas. 34 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
  • Observer Countries of the European Union and Asia.
  • International humanitarian aid organizations: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UN World Food Program (WFP), Coordinating Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
  • Military regional integration organizations: Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CMDA), Inter-American Naval Conference (CNI), Conference of the American Armies (CEA), System of Cooperation between the American Air Forces (SICOFAA).
  • Monitoring and early warning organizations: Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)

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