New Zealand Embassy Brasilia, Brazil
New Zealand Ambassador supports Red Cross environmental project in Brasilia
The New Zealand Ambassador, Jeffrey McAlister, is supporting the Red Cross Committee in Brasilia (CVBB) to build a centre for identifying environmental risks in the Federal District. The Centre’s objective is to gather and assess information on areas of potential environmental risk in order to act preventively against natural disasters.
The Red Cross Brasilia President, Colonel Paulo José Barbosa de Souza, and the head of the environmental department, engineer Pedro Franarin Alves, introduced the Centre to the Ambassador on 24 May. Colonel Paulo José explained how the project was being implemented in phases and would shortly be fully operational. The first step, which included the Centre´s installation and information gathering, was concluded with the New Zealand Embassy’s support, and will be expanded by the Red Cross volunteers. The centre´s work will support further studies on areas that offer potential environmental risks such as floods, erosion, mud slides, fires and others.
Ambassador McAlister said that “it is a great pleasure to support a project focussed on the prevention of natural catastrophes and thereby improve the quality of life for disadvantaged communities in the Federal District. While modest, I hope my contribution strengthens the Red Cross and its partners”. New Zealand’s contribution was provided through the Head of Mission Fund (HOMF) which supports projects within disadvantaged communities, including around improving education and skills amongst youth and women.