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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in collaboration with the Southern Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) will be implementing a project entitled “Increasing the resilience to Climate Change and Natural Hazards, and reducing the rate of coastal erosion for Pigeon Island National Landmark (PINL) and Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) through Beach Stabilisation, Restoration & Enhancement”.
The project, which will be launched on Thursday, November 17th at 3 p.m. at the Maria Islands Interpretation Centre is financed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in partnership with the German Development Bank (KfW) under the Local Adaptation Measures (LAMs) Grant Scheme.
This project will address the impacts of climate change on Saint Lucia’s coastal resources through the implementation of measures to stabilize its shoreline and mitigate against coastal erosion in two geographic locations, PINL and PSEPA. The major outcomes anticipated include:
1. Increased protection, stability and resilience of PINL and PSEPA recreational beaches and historical assets from coastal erosion through utilization of appropriate coastal protection measures;
2. Improved climate resilience of natural resources and ecosystems of the PINL and PSEPA; and
3. Enhanced institutional frameworks and improved capacity of local communities to address climate change and naturally occurring events affecting the coastal environment.
The Director of the SLNT, Mr. Bishnu Tulsie said, “Some of the major outputs of the project for PINL include the rehabilitation and extension of the existing groynes and the construction of a break water off its eastern beach.
In the PSEPA, coastal erosion measures will be implemented to reduce erosion and loss of infrastructure, and the sand dunes on Anse du Sable Beach will be refurbished and revegetated”.
Furthermore, he said the project will also include an education and awareness component under which material on the causes and impacts of climate change, and coastal degradation in particular, will be produced and disseminated.
The remedial measures for PINL were identified by a 2008 Coastal Stabilization Study for Pigeon Island commissioned by the Government of Saint Lucia. This project has made it possible to commence work on some of the major coastal stabilization recommendations of this study.
The PSEPA on the other hand provides a wealth of sustainable livelihood opportunities for many of its resource users. The Saint Lucia Climate Change Adaptation Policy identifies a clear link between climate change vulnerability and natural resource management.
Therefore, building the resilience of this area through, among other interventions, coastal stabilization is of crucial importance not only for the conservation of the natural resources but also to sustain livelihoods by improving the area’s ecosystem services. Thus, it is anticipated that this project will provide several national benefits and will require the assistance of several stakeholders to effectively implement.