Govt launches national water information system

Monday, August 8, 2011

Guyana's agriculture ministry has launched a national water information system (NWIS) to improve the country's integrated water resource management, state news agency Gina reported.

Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and developed by two St Lucian technical specialists, NWIS is a WebMap database, an internet-based application, used for remote data and information access and visualization.

The project cost some G$15mn (US$73,900), the report said.

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Water in Guyana has traditionally been viewed in a compartmentalized manner, agriculture minister Robert Persaud said at the system's launch, adding that the new system should allow a more efficient approach.

The information system is part of the six-year Caribbean Water Initiative, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and jointly executed by McGill University of Canada and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology. Grenada, Jamaica and Guyana are all national partners.