South Korea to provide US$470,000 for Coastal Management

Monday, December 12, 2011 4:17 PM - St. George's, Grenada

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Hon. Peter David

St. George's, December 12, 2011 - The Government of the Republic of South Korea will provide financial and technical aid for a coastal management initiative in Grenada.

The package of assistance is included in an agreement signed recently in St. George's following talks between Grenada's Environment Minister, Honourable Joseph Gilbert, and a visiting seven-member South Korean delegation.

The Korean team included Mr. Oh Sae Cheol, Head of the Korea International Cooperation Agency in Haiti; and Mr. Kim Youngsoo, an official of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Coastal and marine management issues were the main focus of the talks between the Koreans and local representatives concerned with environmental matters, including Environment Minister Gilbert, as well as officials from the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture; The Physical Planning Unit of the Ministry of Works; the Grenada Board of Tourism; and WINDREF - the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation of St. George's University.

At the end of the talks, an "Aide Memoir" of the discussion was signed between Mr. Oh and Mr. Gilbert, who is also Grenada's Minister of Foreign Trade and Export Development.

"The signing of this 'Agreement in Principle' commences the implementation period of a 13-month project which is valued at US$470,000,'' Minister Gilbert said.  "It follows the submission of a project concept to the Korean authorities and an initial scoping visit to Grenada by Korean officials earlier this year.''

The Korean-funded initiative is titled, “Research Project on the South and South East Coast of Grenada."

Its ultimate aim, according to Ministry of Environment officials, is to contribute in developing a National Policy for the Integrated Management of Coastal and Marine Zones of Grenada.  It will primarily focus on the south eastern to the southern coasts of mainland Grenada, covering the areas from Grenville to Point Salines.

The project will be executed in three phases, with the first involving such things as basic research on physical oceanography, sedimentology, water quality, coastal evaluation, engineering,  and socio-economic issues pertaining to the project sites.

Phase two would include in-depth diagnostic studies and the provision of equipment and materials.

In phase three, training will be provided in the Republic of Korea for Grenadian experts.  This phase would also see the establishment of an Integrated Coastal Management System (ICMS).

The South Korean visit, which ended December 9, was also intended to enhance the relationship between Korea and Grenada. In particular, Grenada is being invited to participate in "Expo Yeosu", which will be held next year in the Republic of Korea.

At the signing ceremony, Mr. Oh expressed his delegation's satisfaction with the organization of the Grenada meetings and their outcomes.

Minister Gilbert described the coastal management initiative as "quite timely.''

The initiative, he said, "affords an opportunity to address much of our coastal management issues - a challenge which is further compounded as a result of climate change issues such as sea level rise.''

In addition, Mr. Gilbert expressed Grenada's gratitude to the Republic of Korea for their "support and the opportunity to deepen relationship between the two countries.  We also welcome the opportunity to capitalize on the international exposure that the 2012 Yeosu Expo promises.''






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