Since the beginning of this year, Seychelles has been experiencing high tides up to 2.2 metres. The excessive high tides have led to severe erosion of the coastline, causing damage and threatening private properties and public infrastructures.
Minister Cosgrow and his delegation visited L’Amitié, Anse Kerlan, Roche Corbizeau, La Blache Estate, Saint Joseph (Cacao River) on Praslin the 2nd July 2020. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize himself with the various projects that was being implemented by the Ministry and the extent of coastal erosion.
The impact of coastal erosion is prominent at Anse Kerlan opposite the Airport. The foundation of Seychelles Trading Company Depo (STC) depo, was partly damage and exposed due to severe erosion which was apparent along this part of the coastline. The Cabinet of Ministers approved for the Ministry to implement a project at this site to protect this part of the coastline.
“After various discussion and interaction with the district council finally we have received the funding to start the project. Our project will start where Seychelles Land Transport Agency (SLTA) was doing the Rock armoring projects, the armor will be 150 Meters long and this will protect the road network and other infrastructures. I believe that at the end of the projects there would be an improvement on the protection of the coastal area.” Said Minister Cosgrow
The work is due to start once the Ministry finalized the tender process.