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Community based responses to coastal erosion

Coastal erosion is a national and regional concern in the Caribbean, as well as in other regions. The causes are related to natural phenomena, such as hurricanes and storms, and man-induced effects, such as sand mining and unwise building practices. Other long-term causes relate to climate change and climate variation, e.g. sea level rise and changes in hurricane frequency and intensity. The problem is magnified in the Caribbean where tourism, a vital industry, is also dependent on beaches. As a result there is considerable national and regional interest focused on tourism beaches, and this is where the limited funding available is often directed. However, many communities face the same problems of erosion and there is a need to focus on what actions communities can take to reduce and mitigate the erosion problem.

The south coast of Havana Province in Cuba, provides an example of several different community responses to coastal erosion within a small area and was therefore chosen as the venue for a workshop to explore ways in which island communities could work together to combat this serious problem.

A workshop was held from 24-27th February 2004, and the participants from the Caribbean islands developed a proposal for Building community resilience to coastal erosion in small islands. Ways to fund this proposal are currently being explored.

Some of the ways island communities are combating coastal erosion include:

 
 

To get involved, contact :

 
 

Daniel Bulgado Benavides
Instituto Preuniversitano Vocacional de Ciencias Exactas
'Ernesto Gueuara'
Carretera a Camajuani Km 31/2
Santa Clara
Villa Clara
Cuba
T +537 422 19434
E cheguevara@vcl.jovenclub.cu

 

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