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Ministry of Works & Transport

Launch of Coastal Protection Programme

Launch of Coastal Protection Programme Printable Version

12 Feb 2014


The Ministry of Works and Infrastructure (MOWI) launched its three-year Programme of Critical Coastal Protection Works with a budget of $152.3 million, by a Coastal Erosion Tour on Sunday 26th January, 2014.

During the tour, Dr Surujrattan Rambachan, Minister of Works and infrastructure, highlighted the severity of the coastal erosion in action at three sites: Shore of Peace, Mosquito Creek, Cap De Ville, Point Fortin and Coral Point, Icacos. The Minister announced that the first Costal Erosion Project that will be undertaken is the Shore of Peace, Mosquito Creek and four more will follow in  this fiscal year, in keeping with the Ministry’s role in Coastal Management.

Along with Minister Rambachan, the touring party comprised Mr. Ganga Singh, Minister of Environment and Water Resources,  Mr. Chandresh Sharma, Minister of Tourism, Ms. Paula Gopee-Scoon, Member of Parliament of Point Fortin, and Ms Khafi Weekes, Minister Rambachan's Technical Advisor on Drainage Matters, who serves as the Director of the Ministry's new Coastal Protection Unit.

The three-year Programme was approved by Cabinet in August 2013 and will target approximately twenty-six (26) Coastal Protection Projects experiencing coastal instability and incessant erosion with a budget of $152.3 million. See list of projects

The Coastal Protection Unit was born out of ‘Recommendations for Coastal Remediation’ presented in the report titled, “Assessment of the State of the Coastline and Coastal Infrastructure in Trinidad” that was completed by the Unit’s personnel on 18th January 2013.

The recommendations involve utilising 'soft engineering' projects, where feasible, to stabilise the erosion. Soft Engineering involves beach nourishment and mangrove rejuvenation, and is internationally acclaimed to be just as effective as the traditional 'hard engineering' methods. Soft engineering is also environmentally friendly, and, in some cases, more sustainable.

The report also outlined that threats to communities, natural resources, fragile ecosystems and infrastructure (roads, bridges, utility lines) were some of the underlying causes of the critical state of instability on some coastlines.

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