Background facts Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF)

When the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (External link) (CCRIF) was founded in 2007, it was the first regional insurance pool of its kind. In 2015, the Facility was expanded. It now also covers the countries of Central America. Guatemala, Panama and Nicaragua have since joined.

CCRIF offers coverage against hurricanes, earthquakes and heavy rains. Its assistance goes beyond the payment of insurance benefits. Countries also receive technical assistance with regard to reconstruction. CCRIF makes contributions to the construction of flood walls and critical infrastructure and to the establishment of early warning systems. Care is taken to ensure that climate and disaster risks arising from future events will be reduced.

The latest CCRIF insurance product is the Caribbean Oceans and Aquaculture Sustainability Facility (COAST). In cooperation with the World Bank, CCRIF developed and implemented a climate risk insurance scheme for the fisheries sector. It comprises a livelihood protection component (direct insurance) and a tropical cyclone component (government-based indirect insurance).

From the establishment of CCRIF up to September 2022, a total of 245 million US dollars has been paid out to 16 of its 22 member states. Payments were all effected within two weeks of the triggering event. In the business year 2021/22, CCRIF made payments to three members: 40 million US dollars to the Government of Haiti following the earthquake in August 2021, and payments to Barbados following Hurricane Elsa and to Trinidad and Tobago following severe rainfall in August 2021. The payment to Haiti is the largest made by CCRIF since its establishment in 2007.

An evaluation of the payments has found that these funds have assisted more than 3.5 million people in the Caribbean and Central America and have facilitated the upgrading of critical infrastructure.

With its contribution of 37 million euros Germany is the largest donor to CCRIF.

As at: 20/09/2022