Posted: Monday, September 20, 2021. 6:48 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Four Cuban coastal development experts from Cuba’s GAMMA Institute are completing a coastal erosion assessment in Dangriga and Hopkins and are set to leave Belize on Friday, September 24.
The National Climate Change Office (NCCO) said the assessment is being done because of the heavy erosion eating up the beachfront at an alarming rate due to the adverse effects of climate change.
The NCCO said the Cuban experts’ field assessment is being conducted under the “Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Dangriga and Hopkins” project as a collaboration with Cuba’s Institute of Marine Sciences and the GAMMA Institute through an MOU with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).
The team that arrived in mid-August has done “coastal surveys, sand sampling, and sediment thickness measurements among other activities in Hopkins Village and Dangriga” said the NCCO in a press release.
The assessment will result in an identification and feasibility study of appropriate climate technology solutions. It should also facilitate the design and development of a shoreline recovery and stabilization project for both Dangriga and Hopkins.
Then NCCO said that the Cuban team visited Barranco and Punta Gorda on Tuesday, September 14, along with representatives from the NCCO, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment. The visit was to find out more about the experience the people in those communities have been having with the erosion occurring there and to carry our preliminary assessments as well.
Baranco has experienced severe erosion along its shoreline and local efforts to mitigate its advancement have been futile.
The NCCO said the assessment is funded under the Fourth National Communication and First Biennial Update Report and the Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate Change and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER) projects, and the Government of Belize.
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