Beach Stability and Coastal Erosion in the Eastern Caribbean Islands-A Regional Programme

by Gillian Cambers, Caribbean Oceanographic Consulting, Company, Tortola, British Virgin Islands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The problems associated with coastal erosion have been facing the smaller islands of the Eastern Caribbean for many years. The skills necessary to manage the problems have not been available locally. As a response to this problem UNESCO initiated a regional programme in 1985. This programme consisted of four phases :- evaluation (1985), consultation (1985), education & awareness (1986 and ongoing), establishment of locally run coastal monitoring programmes (1987 to 1992 and continuing). The programme covers eight countries and has the capacity for expansion. A major constraint to expansion is the need for a coordinating centre, it is hoped such a centre will be established in 1993. There now exists a network of locally trained persons equipped and trained to recognize, measure and assess areas of coastal/beach erosion. The future goal is to expand the capability of this network to develop local solutions.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Coastal management | Coastal processes | Islands | Beach protection and nourishment | Shoreline protection | Engineering profession

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