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Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Reducing Disaster Risks: Progress and Challenges in the Caribbean Region
Disaster management is a global policy problem with a critical land-use change component related to settlement patterns, deforestation, and agriculture development. This is further exacerbated by climate change.

This is the reason why addressing disaster management is one of the focuses of the climate security objective of the upcoming United Nations Rio +20 Summit.

Yet institutions, whether in the private or public sector, generally are responsive after-the-fact to single events in how to develop responses to natural disasters. Given that 60 percent of the population of the Caribbean region lives in the coastal zone with 70 percent of all economic activity located within two miles of the coastline, increasing risks associated with climate change have the potential to greatly impact deforestation and biodiversity loss unless collated and well-nuanced integrated pro-active disaster management preparedness plans are in place between public and private sector institutions.

For example, after Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 decreased Jamaican GDP 65 percent, Jamaica established an emergency information system with standard operating procedures regarding located and assessing critical resources including natural resources. Yet, while the green economy grows the Caribbean region is further at risk from increasing frequency of major category 3, 4, and 5 hurricanes that could negatively impact the growing new economy.

In conclusion, as much as a ?green economy? is promoted with green businesses with associated economic returns, an ?integrated green risk mitigation mechanism? should also be promoted as a method to protect and insure the gains from the ?green economy? while securing Millennium Development Goals and maintaining and enhancing social, environmental and governance safeguards. This is one of the key lessons from the Caribbean region presented in Reducing Disaster Risks: Progress and Challenges in the Caribbean Region.
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