THA to embark on 3 coastal projects with US$15M loan

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THA to embark on 3 coastal projects with US$15M loan

Secretary for THA’s Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment Kwesi Des Vignes, has revealed that the assembly has secured a loan of US$15 million for three critical coastal projects on the island.

These projects are the Little Tobago jetty, Grange Bay and to arrest the coastal erosion at Milford Bay, Pigeon Point.

Des Vignes said his division’s coastal zone management unit has been working to ensure that coastal erosion is dealt with, using all the technical resources available but not in an ad hoc manner.

“We’ve been trying to utilise green approaches as well. We would have seen tree planting and we would have tried to utilise, as much as possible, interventions that would ensure that people would continue to benefit and that we don’t cause long-term degradation.”

He said after looking at the blue economy situation in Tobago, the reality of coastal erosion and the fact that something must be done, the US$15 million was secured from the Latin American Bank – CAF.

Des Vignes: “We do have a plan under the CAF funding to reconstruct the Little Tobago jetty…of course, mindful of the fact that there is a sensitive marine ecosystem just adjacent to that jetty. We have been doing the work.”