Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project
Project Description: Belize suffers from the threat of extreme rainfall due to climate change. The low-lying coastal plains as well as its densely populated areas endure the worst impacts, causing the loss of lives and property. In order to minimize the impact caused by extreme weather, the Government of Belize and San Ignacio/Santa Elena town council hope to have assistance in the use of the Geographic Information System (GIS) so as to enhance the capabilities of Belize in the application of technology to reduce disasters. This project is based on the types of natural disasters in Belize and existing software and hardware conditions of its disaster prevention units, to assist in marking out the potential flood areas and strengthen monitoring, as well as establish an early warning mechanism for floods. Capacity building and training courses will also be included so as to enhance the technical capabilities of Belize’s disaster prevention and protection units.
This project will assist the Belizean government in the use of GIS technology to establish an early warning system and improve flood preparedness and disaster response efficiency, as well as carry out infrastructure improvement at the demonstration site. It is expected that the warning system will be integrated into the country’s disaster prevention and rescue system and substantially reduce the loss of life and property caused by floods in Belize. The main content of this project will include:1. Strengthen overall flood preparedness and prevention and update basic maps.2. Apply advanced monitoring techniques.3. Flood control in Flood-prone Area.4. Raise awareness and knowledge of disaster prevention.

Implementation Start Date: 2019/4/2
Implementation End Date: 2022/4/1
Project Objectives: 1.Strengthen overall flood preparedness and prevention and update basic maps.
(1)Complete the production and updating of the nine sets of theme maps and information for San Ignacio/Santa Elena (hereinafter abbreviated as the twin towns).
(2)Establish (Update) digital elevation model (DEM) for the twin towns.
(3)Mark out (Update) the potential flood areas of the twin towns.
(4)Set up one set of flood disaster response operating standards.
(5)Assemble a cross-departmental flood disaster rapid response team and train six professional technicians.
2.Apply advanced monitoring techniques.
(1)Monitor the potential flood areas in the twin towns.
(2)Set up one flood early warning system.
(3)Complete one vulnerability and risk map for the twin towns.
(4)Conduct three courses on flood disaster prevention.
(5)Conduct training courses for 60 people.
3.Flood control in Flood-prone Area.
(1)Propose suggestions for improvement in flood-prone areas.
(2)Improve the structural measures.
4.Raise awareness and knowledge of disaster prevention.
(1)Organize three disaster prevention promotion activities.
Executing Agency: 1.Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize
2.Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (Belize)
3.San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council
Current Progress:

To the end of June 2021, the following activities have been completed:

  1. Update the measurement data of river cross section of National Hydrological Service, the cadastral maps(land use maps, road maps, river maps, watershed maps, bridge maps, public facilities maps, inundation potential maps) and the DTM with a resolution of 12.5X12.5 meters.
  2. According to rainfall data and hydrological data, complete the 12-hour rainfall from 50mm to 300mm flooding potential map.
  3. Complete design and develpoment of the early warning platform system for flood disaster and 4 sets of water regimen monitoring stations equipment.
  4. San Ignacio and Bullet tree village flooding improvement project construction started(construction of a 532-meter-long drainage ditch and a 20-foot-long drainage culvert).
  5. Held one online disaster prevention education training and one on-site in Belize.
  6. Investigate in Belize for community disaster prevention planning.

Project Manager: Ken Hua Chang
Phone: +886-2-28732323 Ext.218
E-mail: k.h.chang@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits: Integrate the flood early warning system into the disaster prevention and rescue system of the Government of Belize, shortening the related work process by more than 30 percent at the end of the project.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize
Sector: Multisector/Cross-Cutting
Sector Item: General Environmental Protection
Cooperating Country: Central America, Belize
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2019/5/13
  • Date Updated:2021/7/30