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Government of Belize and Embassy of Taiwan celebrate achievements under major climate change project

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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2021. 9:58 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: This week the Government of Belize and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) held a ceremony to celebrate the achievements thus far under the Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project, and host the third disbursement of funds for the project.

The event, which was done through a collaboration with the Taiwanese embassy and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management, was held at the San Ignacio Resort with Ambassador David Kuan-chou Chien and Minister Orlando Habet,inattendance.

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that the Ceremony of achievements presentation was successfully held at the San Ignacio Resort for the Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project on Monday, August 16th, 2021. The Embassy also presented the 3rd disbursement of the project to the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management.

“Under the great work of expert team from both Taiwan and Belize, the project has accomplished many targets including 4 sets of water regimen monitoring stations equipment, initial design of the early warning platform system for flood, and geographical and hydrological mapping system,” the Embassy said. “Once the project is completed, the flood early warning system in Belize can help to shorten the related work process by more than 30 % than before, which helps to enhance the ‘adaptive capacity’ of individuals and communities to reduce the impact of future hazards.”

The Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project, is a 3-year project with an approved total budget of approximately US$1.22 Million, which began back in April 2019. The project aims to help GOB improve the country’s flood warning capacity as well as introduce the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology to strengthen disaster prevention and alleviation ability with the end goal of protecting people’s lives and property in flood-prone areas. The project also assists with the production of digital elevation models (DEM) as well as flood potential maps based on the disaster records and the existing geographic information. The project also addresses relevant education training and publicity activities.

“Taiwan and Belize are facing consequences of climate change and suffering from similar natural disasters such as flood, mudslide, and hurricane (typhoon). Both countries also share common interest in preventing disasters and reducing disaster losses. Being a trustful ally of Belize, Taiwan is willing to share its resources and technology to build Belizean community resilience to combat climate change and related natural disasters,” the Embassy added.

Belize and Taiwan are celebrating 32 years of friendly diplomatic relations this year.

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