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Apr 3, 2019

G.O.B. Signs Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project

The Ministry of Environment is looking to implement a three-year project to build Belize’s preparedness and response to extreme weather events. The project will look at flood preparedness and prevention through the use of technology, advanced monitoring techniques for an early warning system for floods, building capacity of human resource personnel and awareness programmes. On Tuesday, the government signed an agreement with the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the project. Here’s more with News Five’s Andrea Polanco.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

On Tuesday, Ministry of Environment signed an agreement with Taiwan for “Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project.” It seeks to strengthen how the country prepares and responds to disasters.

 

Omar Figueroa

Omar Figueroa, Minister of Environment

“We are here now today to sign an agreement for the implementation of a new three year project through this partnership with the Republic of China aimed at assisting the country with the use of GIS technology to establish this early warning system which will improve our flood preparedness and disaster response efficiency; improvement to key infrastructure in areas that have proven problematic in recent years and have resulted in the threat to life and loss of property from unexpected flash floods and education and awareness on issues such as flood preparation and evacuation.”

 

The three-year project has a value of one point two million U.S. dollars.  The towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena will be used to pilot the project. Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) explains the importance.

 

Remus Li-Kuo Chen

Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“Through these efforts we can enhance the adapted capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the impacts of future hazards. In order to have a more solid foundation to build up, this project will also extend its reach beyond representatives of government to include not only international the international organizations but also many other representatives from civic societies, N.G.O.s, private sector and local residents. We are all united in our common desires to prevent disasters where we can and to reduce disasters where we cannot afford.”

 

Figueroa says that the project is critical because Belize is vulnerable to the increasing threats and severity of climate change impacts.

 

Omar Figueroa

“The reality that we are facing today is that climate change impacts are worsening worldwide and this trend is likely to continue for the coming decades leading to the increased occurrence of climate related disasters.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


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