Major Land Rehabilitation Works Underway in Corinth
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.