Written by George Grant on November 28, 2013
COASTAL REHABILITATION AND RESTORATION PROJECT IN PETITE MARTINIQUE
Petite Martinique — After years of being unable to host their annual sports meet, the Petite Martinique RC School will soon be able to, as the Sanchez Coastal Rehabilitation and Restoration Project nears completion.
The Sanchez area, which over the years lost a large portion of land due to rapid coastal erosion, is the center for activities on the 400-acre island.
Contractor, Edwin DeCaul of the contracting firm Virgin Beach Ltd, has said that upon completion the people of Petite Martinique will have much more than a playing field. They will also have an area where they can host different types of activities.
The project, which was developed by the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs in 2012, has also brought about some added benefits to residents in the Madame Pierre area. Some of the stones required were sourced from there, leading to the opening of another road on the island and the development of a number of housing spots.
As the project team works towards completion just before the Christmas holidays, DeCaul said they are also in the process of digging a pond which will aid in the provision of water for animals, crops and building projects.
To get a firsthand look at the project, a team from the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs led by Acting Permanent Secretary Gertrude Niles visited the sister isle.
According to PS Niles, she is pleased to see the collaboration between the community and the project team and it is important that ministry officials understand what’s happening on the ground.
The Sanchez Coastal Rehabilitation and Restoration Project is part of the OCES reduction of risks to human and natural assets resulting from climate change project with funding provided by USAID.