The Government of Japan has made approximately US$1 million available to boost Guyana’s National Flood Early Warning System.
Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha, made this disclosure earlier today during a virtual handing-over exercise.
In his keynote address, the Minister said the recent flooding has highlighted the need for an effective National Flood Early Warning System.
“The handing over of this National Flood Early Warning System comes as a critical point for Guyana. The recent flooding which has been declared as a national disaster has highlighted the need for a well-developed and operational National Flood Early Warning System.
“Such a System would provide opportunities for climate change adaptation and resilience benefits while at the same time improving disaster preparedness, and reducing the costs associated with response/relief and reconstruction.”
Minister Mustapha also said Guyana is currently experiencing the worst flood on record, in terms of scale, and that recovering from this event will no doubt require the Government and the Agriculture Ministry to redirect resources to address the challenges, which are also affecting planned interventions. Added to that, he said developing a National Early Warning System is crucial to the nation’s advancement.
“It is in this context that the development of a National Flood Early Warning System becomes extremely relevant to the development of Guyana. Early warning systems are an important component of a country’s disaster risk management strategy.
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