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Head of the Office of Disaster Management for St Maarten at KCL

Posted on 26/11/2015
Paul Martens, the Head of the Office of Disaster Management Speaks to KCL Geography Community

On Monday November 16, Paul Martens spoke to staff and students at King's College London and colleagues at UNESCO-IHE The Netherlands (by skype) about the organisation of the disaster risk management system in St Maarten and the development of institutions for disaster management since Hurricane Luis devastated the island in 1995.

He examined the constraints and opportunities to disaster risk management on a small island like St Maarten, and changes that have come with the island's new constitutional status and autonomy since 2010.

The talk was of interest not only to researchers working in the Caribbean region, but also those interested in disaster governance and planning, highlighting how economic development, urbanisation and decentralisation challenge the task of practitioners on the ground.

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