Relocation of four communities on hold
November 25, 2021 4:50 am
The relocation of four climate-vulnerable communities has been put on hold with an alternative solution to be implemented.
Permanent Secretary for Environment, Joshua Wycliffe, says they will construct a nature-based rock geo-tech seawall to protect these communities.
Wycliffe says this nature-based seawall is affordable and can withstand natural disasters when compared to the concrete seawall.
“We no longer construct a concrete mixed cement seawall which costs millions of dollars Instead of a concrete seawall we provide them with a nature-based rock reef geo-tech material seawall which is 5 feet down and 5 feet up which is able to withstand cyclones, withstand huge waves.”
Wycliffe says the seawall can also help communities to revive their maritime resources as it will act as a habitat for the marine ecosystem, and at the same time provide protection to these communities.
The Ministry of Environment has 150 applications on the waiting list from climate-vulnerable communities requesting similar assistance.