CCMI Hosts Free Webinar 9 March 2023

February 17, 2023

Join CCMI for this informative webinar: Operating in the face of global hazards – risk and operations in a post Covid-19 world

As we all adapt to a new world order, where increased threats from pandemics and extreme weather conditions are part of everyday life, ensuring there is discussion on how to prepare for and respond to increased global hazards is a business requirement for most of us. This webinar hopes to create some practical ideas and support on this very topic. The webinar is for businesses that operate a residential or non-profit entity and is of special interest to those entities operating residential facilities from tropical/remote island states.

DATE: Thursday, 9 March 2023

TIME: 12 noon Cayman (UTC -5h)

COST: Free

This is a virtual event; advance registration is required.

Please register HERE to gain access to the webinar or copy and paste this link into your browser:

About the webinar

This webinar will include four industry experts who will share their learnings and views on how small entities should/could be approaching managing long-term planning for global hazards. We’ll begin with a summary from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, sharing the positives and negatives regarding our hazard planning and management, and the changes that have been made in the last year, as the borders have slowly re-opened in the Cayman Islands, following the Covid-19 pandemic. The discussion will then be handed over to the expert panel who will being by sharing their own experiences during Covid-19 (or other, relevant hazard management) before opening up and Q & A, in which participants will be able to take part.


About CCMI

CCMI operates a remote marine field station, where we host year-round residential research and education programmes. The Cayman Islands re-opened for international travel in 2022 after two years of border closures. CCMI operates a small facility with residential guests, from a remote tropical island. Post Covid-19, we are required to be COVID-19 compliant, and have therefore begun a journey of adaptation and resilience to operating safely, within the context of the pandemic and increased threat from hurricanes. CCMI received a grant in 2022 from the EU’s RESEMBID programme, to manage the impacts of Covid-19, by improving health and safety features of the facilities infrastructure and adapting emergency management processes, to support enhanced operational resilience, thereby supporting CCMI’s continued work on improving and protecting marine biodiversity in the Cayman Islands and wider OCTs. This webinar will ensure we share our journey, also bringing in some of our key stakeholders and experts who have facilitated our adaptation plans and response to the pandemic.

Panel Participants

The panel will be led by Kate Holden – Director of Advancement, Central Caribbean Marine Institute. Participating panelists are:

  • Dr. Nick Gent CBE – Chief Medical Officer, Cayman Islands Government
  • Aaron Otis – Public Health Advisor, Centres for Disease Control
  • Danielle Coleman – Director, Hazard Management Cayman Islands
  • Greg Locher – EMS professional

Full bios for panelists will be available on the webinar site, which is accessible to all registered attendees.


This webinar is part of a project that is supported by RESEMBID, funded by the European Union, titled “Urgent technical assistance to support CCMI’s capacity to be a regional leader in protecting marine biodiversity and improving resilience.” The award from RESEMBID will help CCMI to adapt and strengthen our organizational capacity to support these changes: Improved safeguarding and hygiene via facilities, protocols and emergency management. This post was created and maintained with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

This project receives funding from The Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity Programme (RESEMBID). RESEMBID is a €40M programme financed by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France – the development cooperation agency of the Government of France in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). RESEMBID supports sustainable human development efforts in 12 Caribbean OCTs – Aruba, Anguilla, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Montserrat, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Saint Barthélemy, Sint Maarten and Turks and Caicos.