provides practical know-how
Ministry of the Environment's beach monitoring programme
(see lead story) got underway yesterday with a workshop
aimed at educating participants on the basics of beach
workshop, hosted by the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Hotel,
was designed to better instruct representatives from the
ministry, hotels and other organisations, such as the
Solid Waste and Cleaning Agency (SWAC) on beach monitoring
and management practices.
minister Ronny Jumeau officially opened the workshop,
followed by a short ceremony in which Bernard Shamlaye,
Secretary-General to the Seychelles National Commission
for UNESCO, presented the minister with the beach monitoring
instruments that will be used under the programme.
presentations by officials from the Ministry of Environment
on the basic issues of beach monitoring and the overall
national programme, Dr. Gillian Cambers from the University
of Puerto Rico conducted a practical training session
to familiarise the participants with the monitoring instruments
said the most important benefit of a beach monitoring
programme was in the capacity it built for local hotels
and developers to know how to carry out their projects
without disrupting a beach's natural processes.
best measure to combat erosion takes place before a hotel
is ever built' Dr. Cambers noted.
she said that there were still various ways to fight against
existing erosion problems, once more information was known
about the accretion and erosion trends for a given beach.
Cambers said that the profile database created under the
beach monitoring programme would help in determining what
trends were seasonal and what trends might be influenced
by other factors, such as rising sea-levels or man-made
there, she said the appropriate action could be taken
that is best for a particular beach, be it through additional
planting of trees and vegetation, breakwaters or other
Cambers, an expert in coastal erosion, has helped with
the implementation of beach monitoring programmes in 13
Caribbean islands, including Jamaica, St. Lucia and Antigua.
Rath, Lemuria Resort's beach service manager, was one
of a number of hotel representatives who participated
in the workshop. He said that from a business point of
view, the effects of beach erosion could ripple across
a number of hotel services.
beaches are one of the biggest experiences for our guests,'
Mr. Rath said. 'We provide food and beverages directly
on the beach, and if it is no longer an attraction, the
hotel would lose out on valuable business.'
Nation, 22nd July 2003