U.S. donates US$600,000 to make the Capital’s infrastructure safer
Santo Domingo.- The United States will contribute US$600,000 this year in technical assistance to improve the safety of Santo Domingo’s infrastructure, to deal with climate change.
Upon signing the agreement with National District mayor Roberto Salcedo, U.S. ambassador James Brewster said Santo Domingo is one of the world’s cities selected for the Climate Resilient Infrastructures Services (CRIS) program, of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said the project will work with community leaders to identify climatic risks and seek solutions to minimize its impact, focusing on the most vulnerable population living in the areas closest to the Caribbean Sea and along the Ozama and Isabela riverbanks.
The diplomat said the northern part of the capital faces critical infrastructure challenges which threaten access to drinking water and wastewater treatment.
“Through this partnership we seek to identify key climatic risks faced by the National District and implement practical solutions that ensure the safety and well-being of Santo Domingo’s most vulnerable citizens. It will help Greater Santo Domingo grow and prosper in a sustainable manner,” Brewster said.
Salcedo thanked the U.S. Government for its effort and gesture of confidence. “With this project Dominican Republic serves as model for other countries with these same challenges in terms of climate change.”
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