Ma­jor Land Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Works Un­der­way in Corinth

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Aseries of cru­cial pub­lic works now be­ing un­der­taken in the Corinth-Grand Riviere com­mu­nity aims to re­duce the risk of flood­ing and degra­da­tion. A re­lease from iLAND Re­silience, fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the projects be­ing funded by the EU and the OECA, stated that if cur­rent con­di­tions go unchecked, it would lead to the un­der­min­ing and ul­ti­mate col­lapse of the road.

Ac­cord­ing to Sher­man N. Sylvester, Civil En­gi­neer at the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture, there had been ob­ser­va­tions and even­tual as­sess­ments by Min­istry staff that in­di­cated that the road shoul­der was be­ing eroded due to heavy rain­fall.

“The level of ero­sion of the river­banks which formed part of the road shoul­ders was in­creas­ing and threat­en­ing the road. This means there was a risk that the road would be un­der­mined and would col­lapse. Con­sid­er­ing the im­por­tance of this road, which con­nects the com­mu­ni­ties of Corinth and Grande Riviere to the main Castries-Gros Islet High­way, there would be a ma­jor dis­rup­tion in terms of com­muters’ daily rou­tines as well as eco­nom­i­cally for res­i­dents, busi­nesses and the Gov­ern­ment,” noted Sylvester.

The Works were put out to pub­lic ten­der with fund­ing pro­vided by the Euro­pean Union (un­der its GCCA Pro­gramme) and the OECS Com­mis­sion.

Ex­perts note that the in­creas­ing flow rates and po­ten­tial for flash flood­ing are in­evitable. There­fore the ob­jec­tive is that th­ese ef­fects would not result in great eco­nomic loss, hence the need to take proac­tive mea­sures that en­sure sus­tain­able land man­age­ment in or­der to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of cli­mate change.

A se­ries of projects is cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken in Saint Lu­cia and the rest of the OECS. They cover both ac­tual works and ser­vices that pro­mote Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion and Sus­tain­able Land Man­age­ment (CCA/SLM) and re­dound to the ben­e­fit of the in­di­vid­ual is­land states. All the projects fall un­der the OECS Com­mis­sions’ CCA/SLM Is­land Re­silience um­brella Pro­gramme: ILAND Re­silience: Pro­mot­ing a Cli­mate of Change.

Road works be­ing un­der­taken in Corinth are, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture, proac­tive mea­sures to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of cli­mate change.

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