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Anguilla chosen to launch new guide on beach erosion

ANGUILLA - The first of nine booklets on beach erosion will be launched in Anguilla on Wednesday, February 13.

The booklet is sponsored by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which has been working for the past 10 years with the Department of Physical Planning and the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Anguilla and University of Puerto Rico, to gather data on beach erosion in Anguilla. The publication is assisted by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and is called "Wise Practices for coping with beach erosion in Anguilla."

This booklet is the first of nine to be published to help Caribbean islanders offset the potentially devastating effects of beach erosion. The launching is hosted by the Department of Physical Planning and is sponsored by the UNESCO-CDB project on Wise Coastal Practices.

The launching ceremony will consist of nine five-minute presentations by UNESCO, University of Puerto Rico's Coastal Zone Management Programme, government and non-government agencies and a voice from the Anguillian youth on various coastal subjects. There will also be an opportunity for questions and comments.

A release from the Department of Physical Planning said that in Anguilla and other Caribbean islands the coastline plays an important role in the economy, through tourism and fishing. But beaches are continually changing, adapting to natural forces, including the battering from tropical storms and hurricanes.

The release noted that poorly planned construction, sand mining and even sea defenses can disturb fragile beach ecosystems, accelerating erosion and worsening the impact of natural disasters.

Other booklets in the series will be published throughout the year for the other islands belonging to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

SOURCE: Daily Herald, 7 February 2002

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