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Mangrove forest planted to prevent coastal erosion

Monday, June 25, 2018
Kendal Fontenelle, left, and Nicholas Marshall plant mangrove saplings at Brickfield yesterday. Photo by:Shastri Boodan

Over 100 volunteers yesterday trudged through slush in the mudflats of Brickfield, Waterloo as they planted over 1,000 mangrove saplings to prevent further coastal erosion.

Rahanna Juman, acting Deputy Director at the Institute of Marine Affairs, said similar activities are planned to deal with eroding coastlines. She said Brickfield was chosen because of the high level of erosion in the community.

She said after a channel in the area was de-silted, two headlands were created using the recovered silt. She said the headlands have started to erode and the mangroves were being strategically placed in a bid to curb any further coastal erosion.

“Mangroves are going to help us to adapt to the impact of climate change. These plans help to dissipate wave energy and lower the energy of the waves.”

She said the roots hold the soil together while the trees act as windbreaks.

She said the initiative was put in motion by the Ministry of Planning.


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