This document offers an overview of the actions taken by Guayana's Ministry of Agriculture in the search of addressing vulnerabilities of the country’s flood-defense system by developing a baseline understanding of the complex drainage systems and infrastructure in these flood-prone regions. It aims to identify a set of prioritized, strategic interventions for future investments to protect its citizens’ livelihood and economy.
The Government of Guyana’s Ministry of Agriculture, along with the World Bank and other international development agencies initiated the US$3.8 million Conservancy Adaptation Project (CAP). One of the top priorities identified under this initiative was the strengthening of the conservancy and coastal drainage systems to protect the country’s key economic and most populated regions. The CAP focused on four main areas: (i) Pre-investment studies and data collection for engineering design of works; (ii) Critical drainage infrastructure investments (iii) Institutional strengthening and capacity building (iv) Building national awareness of flood risk.
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