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St. Vincent is very vulnerable to natural disaster such as hurricanes, flooding, and severe weather instances.1 The United States Agency for International Development works within the country to help provide technical assistance to villages affected by natural disasters.2 In December 2013, flooding that killed nine people and displaced 500 people ravaged the islands.3

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1 http://www.usaid.gov/crisis/saint-vincent-and-the-the Grenadines
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines News

ThinkGeoEnergy 
In a Caribbean panel, representatives of St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Caribbean Development described what their specific challenges and approaches are to push development of geothermal projects. See more..
Nation News 
The flights will operate twice weekly, every Friday and Sunday between Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Caribbean Airlines is one of the first airlines to offer non‐stop flights to the new airport, which also serves as an ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
A spokesperson for Thomson Cruise told Telegraph Travel: “We're very sorry to confirm that some of our customers on a whale and dolphin watching excursion in St Vincent and the Grenadines witnessed a sad incident where two orcas were targeted by a ... See more..
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ReliefWeb 
The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is in the final stages of operationalising a USD 6.7 million grant from the European Union (EU), 11th European Development Fund: B-envelope programme. The grant shall be managed by the World Bank ... See more..
One Green Planet 
Great news! The prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gozalves, has announced that the island nation will instate a law banning orca hunting. This announcement arrived five days after two orcas were harpooned and prepared for ... See more..
Smithsonian 
As Sarah Gibbens reports for National Geographic, St. Vincent—known officially as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines—is a voluntary member of the International Whaling Commission. Under the agency's guidelines, which stipulate that controlled whaling ... See more..
St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
Press Release:-Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to benefit from better connectivity, better infrastructure, and improved tourism market development as a result of a US$26 million regional project approved by the ... See more..
Metro 
A pair of orcas have been slaughtered in front of shocked cruise passengers who were on a whale and dolphin watching tour. Several boats, including one owned by Thomson Cruises, were in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines last Friday when the mammals ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
Caribbean Airlines is in the business of connecting people and the St. Vincent service will develop closer links for commerce throughout the region. Our teams welcome this addition to our network and the opportunity to give our valued customers more ... See more..
Dialogo Americas (blog) 
To succeed in this effort, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines agreed to mutually support each other since the 1980s, when the Regional Security System (RSS) was born ... See more..
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Geography

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Area

Total 389 sq km (Saint Vincent 344 sq km)
Land 389 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)
Natural Resources

hydropower, cropland ;
Natural Hazards

hurricanes; Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent is a constant threat
Current Environmental Issues

pollution of coastal waters and shorelines from discharges by pleasure yachts and other effluents; in some areas, pollution is severe enough to make swimming prohibitive

Demographics

Nationality
Saint Vincentian or Vincentian
Population
103,220 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variations in agriculture, tourism, and construction activity as well as remittance inflows. Much of the workforce is employed in banana production and tourism, but persistent high unemployment has prompted many to leave the islands. This lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. In 2008, the islands had more than 200,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the Grenadines, a drop of nearly 20% from 2007. Saint Vincent is home to a small offshore banking sector and has moved to adopt international ...See More regulatory standards. The government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high public debt burden, which was 68% of GDP at the end of 2011. GDP grew on average 6% annually from 2002-07, but contracted between 2008-10 as a result of the global economic downturn; growth remains slow. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.312 billion (2012 est.); $1.306 billion (2011 est.); $1.301 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices; small numbers of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats; fish
Industries

tourism; food processing, cement, furniture, clothing, starch