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Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020. 12:09 pm CST.

Picture courtesy Pan American Development Foundation

By Aaron Humes: The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF),  a nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962, is donating more than 38 thousand dollars in in-kind assistance to the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council to assist with drainage works along three streets in San Ignacio: Flamingo, Garcia and Western Streets. 

The Foundation and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) have been implementing the “Flood Risk Reduction Project for San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns” to strengthen flood management capabilities in the municipality. The work is to be completed at the end of November. 

Cayo North area rep and outgoing Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development Dr. Omar Figueroa said, “Improving our drainage infrastructure is an important component of building our resilience to the devastating impacts of climate change. This partnership helps us to make an important stride in this direction. 

Mayor Earl Trapp added that the donation would be pooled with labor and equipment provided by the Council to enhance the drains and culverts in the area in question. 

“The collaboration among partners like the local and central government in Belize continue to support PADF’s mission in this region for making our community more resilient and working towards a shared vision for the greater good of our residents to save lives and properties through more effective disaster risk management,” said Dr. Minerva Pinelo, PADF Project Director in Belize.     

PADF’s in-kind donation supports a sub-component of the central government’s project entitled “Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project.” When completed it will reduce flood risks for over 600 households – approximately 3,000 individuals.  

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