The Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan has donated to Belize $213,188 to use the latest information communications technology to set up a system to manage natural disasters.
Belize’s subtropical climate makes it especially vulnerable to tropical cyclones, a susceptibility exacerbated by climate change and rising sea levels.
Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. David C.K. Wu presented a cheque to the Minister responsible for National Emergency Management, Hon. Godwin Hulse, at NEMO headquarters in Belmopan on Monday, July 29.
Minister Hulse thanked Ambassador Wu for the donation, asking His Excllency to convey Belize’s heartfelt appreciation to the Government of Taiwan. Hulse and National Emergency Coordinator, Mrs. Noreen Fairweather pledged they would closely monitor NEMO’s implementation of the new system.
In consideration of Taiwan’s close ties of friendship and cooperation with Belize, the Taiwan government decided to provide this grant to help increase Belize resilience to the effects of natural disasters and so prevent the loss of life and destruction of property.
The new system will allow NEMO to process and display geographic information and data to help in Belize’s sustainable development and do risk analysis of information in the event of natural disasters, thereby strengthening Belize’s coordination with its Central American neighbors.
NEMO will use the funds to purchase equipment and train technical personnel to collate and manage critical data and information about land use/cover, critical facilities, vulnerable areas and lifelines, and their vulnerability to natural hazards, such as rivers which may flood in the event of heavy rains or a hurricane.