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EU to give G$4b for sea defences but conditions have to be met

EU to give G$4b for sea defences but conditions have to be met

(Stabroek  News  – January 31, 2014 ) –  Guyana’s besieged sea defences are in line for a G$4b injection from the European Union but it will first require the government spending G$5.5b over the next three years and fulfilling a host of conditions.

A release from the European Union office here said that the Government of Guyana, represented by Minister of Finance and National Authorising Officer, Dr. Ashni Singh, on January 31, signed the Financing Agreement for the 10th EDF Sea and River Defence Sector Budget Support Programme, valued at €14.8M (US$19.7m) at the Ministry of Finance. The Head of the EU Delegation to Guyana, Ambassador Robert Kopecký and Minister of Public Works and Communications,  Robeson Benn, witnessed the signing. The Agreement was signed in EU HQ in Brussels by Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and Caribbean of the European Commission’s Directorate for Development and Cooperation.

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Ramsammy says pumps here, Luncheon says no

Ramsammy says pumps here, Luncheon says no


Just one day after Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy confirmed that all 14 pumps from Surendra Engineering have arrived in Guyana, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon has refuted this.pump2

According to Dr Luncheon a meeting was held and some of the pumps are expected to be in Guyana in December contrary to what Minister Ramsammy said. With Dr. Luncheon’s statement now, it is unclear whether the “pumps” which were procured at the cost of US$4 million are really in Guyana.
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Flood Control – 02: Flood control in the Netherlands – videos

Editor’s Note:  Flood Control- 02

Guyanese Online will be featuring a number of articles and videos on flood and sea defence management.  The Dutch (Netherlands) are the most experienced in this technology, as three-quarters of their country is below sea level. They built the framework of Guyana’s drainage systems, as colonial rulers from 1581-1781. This is the second of many articles and videos that will be featured:

Flood control in the Netherlands

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Flood control is an important issue for the Netherlands, as about two thirds of its area is vulnerable to flooding, while the country is among the most densely populated on Earth. Natural sand dunes and man-made dikes, dams and floodgates provide defense against storm surges from the sea. River dikes prevent flooding from water flowing into the country by the major rivers Rhine and Meuse, while a complicated system of drainage ditches, canals and pumping stations(historically: windmills) keep the low lying parts dry for habitation and agriculture. Water control boards are the independent local government bodies responsible for maintaining this system.

In modern times, flood disasters coupled with technological development have led to large construction works to reduce the influence of the sea and prevent future floods.  [more]

Dutch Water Defence 1 / 2

Dutch Water Defence 2 / 2

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