Yesterday, April 11th, government launched the Cane Garden Bay Revetment which is a sea defense to protect a critical section of the Cane Garden Bay coastline and main road from continued rapid erosion from Climate Change impacts, including stronger storm surge and in the longer term, sea level rise.
The event saw remarks by Deputy Premier Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering, Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister of Communications and Works and Hon. Melvin Turnbull, Second District Representative.
As such, the revetment will serve as a pilot of best practice; climate proof coastal defense engineering that can be replicated along other vulnerable coastlines in the region.
The project was identified based on the high vulnerability of Cane Garden Bay to climate change impacts and the failure of the existing sea wall. The revetment is being funded by the European Union under the OECSGlobal Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project on Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Land Management (Land Resilience) along with the Government of the Virgin Islands.
The revetment is being constructed by Ports and Marina Limited under a contract with the OECS Commission and was designed by Smith Warner International who is also serving as the Supervising Engineer supported by the Public Works Department.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Ministry of Communication and Works are the local implementing entities.
- Source: BVIHotpress.com