One hundred beneficiaries of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant geared at enabling them to recommence their enterprises, have been advised to use the funds for the intended purpose.
Token certificates for construction of greenhouses and cash grants were presented to the beneficiaries on Friday 8 June 2018. They were chosen based on the criteria of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility, and given a total of seven hundred and fifty-eight thousand, seven hundred EC dollars (EC$758, 700.00).
The beneficiaries, who all live in communities surrounding the Morne Trois Piton National Park, were chosen based on the impact suffered from the passage of Hurricane Maria last September.
This donation forms part of a project currently being implemented by government entitled ‘Supporting Sustainable Ecosystems by Strengthening the Effectiveness of Dominica’s Protected Area Systems’.
Minister for Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, Joseph Isaac, encouraged the project coordinator and team to conduct follow up audits.
“If people cannot show what they do with the money that will be tied to future contributions by government. So if you fail, then you fail to even attract future engagements,” Minister Isaac stated.
He added that these interventions should be taken seriously, because this is all part of government’ efforts at rebuilding and developing Dominica.
“We’re putting you first; we’re putting complete trust in you, so we want you take the resources and do what you said that you were going to do in the project,” Minister Isaac said.
Global Environmental Facility provided the funds for the development of a buffer zone for the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, World Heritage Site.
Minister Isaac thanked the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for reallocating funding to assist the beneficiaries rebuild and restore their enterprises.
He also urge the beneficiaries to cooperate with the committee in charge so that the project can proceed at a quicker rate, adding that while they are pleased with the work done, there could be an increase in pace.
“We are happy with the job that they have done thus far, although we think that the pace of the project implementation needed to increase. So we are depending on you to help the project steering committee to increase the pace of the project,” Isaac added.