Andres - Cuba Beach Management Exchange
team at Playa Mayabeque, February 2005
information and skills between islands is one of the objectives
of Small Islands Voice. In February 2005 an exchange was organised
between the San Andres Archipelago of Colombia and Cuba, with
the assistance of the UNESCO-Havana Office, to share skills and
techniques for community-based beach monitoring.
18-22 February 2005, Ms. Giovanna Pe˝aloza of CORALINA (Corporation
for the Sustainable Development of San Andres, Providencia and
Santa Catalina) visited Cuba to share her knowledge and experiences
about community approaches to beach monitoring and management
with Ms. Elsa Matos and Ms. Fara Carrera and their team from Havana
Province's Planificaci˛n Fisica.
they established eleven profile sites at Mayabeque Beach on the
south coast of Havana Province and techniques for beach monitoring
and data analysis were demonstrated. The team at Planificaci˛n
Fisica plan to establish similar monitoring programmes at other
municipalities on the coast of Havana Province where erosion is
a serious problem. Ideas relating to beach clean-ups, adopt-a-beach
programmes, re-vegetation projects were also shared.
Mayabeque is a site where erosion is a serious problem and where
community members have come together to build groynes to try and
stabilise the beach. Empowering the community on ways to mitigate
the erosion is one of the goals of Planificaci˛n Fisica.
of this exchange visit is available; a powerpoint
presentation about the exchange can also be viewed.
Measuring the beach profile at Playa
Mayabeque, February 2005