Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC)

Fast Facts

Latin America and the Caribbean is an extremely disaster-prone region. Frequently recurring floods, hurricanes and earthquakes erode the resilience of affected communities. The incidence of natural disasters in the region is expected to rise, partly due to the changing climate and environmental degradation linked to rapid urbanization. Despite its growing prosperity, the region has profound inequalities and some countries struggle with widespread poverty, social unrest and conflict.
In 2012, ROLAC will continue to work closely with humanitarian and government partners to strengthen disaster preparedness and response in the region. It will maintain its ability to rapidly deploy staff to provide coordination support to the region’s disasters. Greater engagement with the region’s emerging leaders in disaster relief—including Mexico, Argentina and Brazil—is a priority in 2012.

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