Sea defence programme advances

Guyana Chronicle
October 19, 2000

THE European Union funded sea defence programme is moving apace, the local office of the European Commission reported yesterday.

It said consultants, A. Rogan Associates and Niras Consulting Engineers, have submitted the inception report in relation to the preparation of tender documents for the institutional capacity building activities on the sea defence.

The office said the inception report identifies the needs of the sector to ensure better planning and monitoring.

The project was formally launched last week Monday at Anna Regina on the Essequibo coast and the institutional capacity building component will focus on strengthening the administration and increasing public awareness and participation in management and monitoring of the sea defence.

In the inception report, submitted to the local delegation, the consultants have identified five activities to be carried out.

These include technical assistance and training, collection of data for the accurate description of the coast and the dynamic processes continuously affecting it.

Land and marine data will be collected through aerial photography or oceanographic surveying, the office explained.

The final result will be analytical models and databases describing the evolution in time of the coast and updated maps that will cover the coastal area.

In addition the guidelines of a socio-economic study for the increased awareness and participation of the population in the monitoring and management of the sea defences were submitted with the inception report, the office said.

The consultants met governmental, local authorities and international organisations in order to come up with the needs of the sector.

Guyana is receiving G$3.5B, equivalent to 20M Euro from the EU to rebuild about a quarter of the sea defence that is on the critical list.

Institutional capacity building has been identified as a critical component to this new project.

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