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Monday 3 August, 2020

Ministry of Works conducts Coastal Social Survey

On a beach in Trinidad, beachgoers experience one of nature’s wonders as they observe a leatherback turtle making its way back to the ocean. Photo courtesy Coastal Dynamics Limited.

On a beach in Trinidad, beachgoers experience one of nature’s wonders as they observe a leatherback turtle making its way back to the ocean. Photo courtesy Coastal Dynamics Limited.

The Ministry of Works and Transport is conducting a Coastal Social Survey in coastal communities across the nation as the Government seeks to establish a framework for the Comprehensive National Coastal Monitoring Programme (CNCMP).

The survey is being done through the Coastal Protection Unit (CPU).

 A release from the Ministry said the initiative will give Trinidadians and Tobagonians the opportunity to share their thoughts about and experiences with coastal erosion, coastal flooding, and climate change.

The survey, which started on Monday, October 7 for a two-week period, will be executed from Mondays to Sundays by CNCMP principal consultant, Coastal Dynamics Limited, between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm

The CNCMP was initiated in January 2019 by the CPU, in partnership with the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE), to promote the adoption of environmentally and economically sustainable solutions to preserve and protect Trinidad and Tobago’s coasts.

The programme will support the monitoring of the state of the nation’s coastal areas while serving as a central repository for coastal data. Through the CNCMP, the CPU aims to mitigate the risks of coastal erosion and coastal flooding by equipping coastal managers with relevant information to assess risk and to inform sustainable shoreline management decision making.

Trinbagonians may join in the movement to preserve and protect the coasts by participating in the CSS. Community members may welcome the CDL CSS team, who will be outfitted in high visibility orange vests with identification cards, to conduct interviews with coastal residents and visitors during the survey period.

To learn more about the CSS and/or the CNCMP, visit the MOWT website at www.mowt.gov.tt or email cncmp@mowt.gov.tt or call (868) 623-6797.

 

 

 

 

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