Beach damage caused by a storm surge during Cyclone Omar on 16 October 2008 (Anse Mitan, Martinique, 2008). © BRGM - Anne-Valérie Barras

Carib-Coast: Caribbean network for prevention of coastal risks arising with climate change

02.12.2019
In a context of recurrent cyclone crises and sea-level rise, the Carib-Coast project, which is piloted by the BRGM and an integral part of the Interreg programme for the Caribbean, is setting up a Caribbean network for prevention and crisis management of coastal risks that arise with climate change.

In a context of recurrent cyclone crises and sea-level rise, the Carib-Coast project, which is piloted by the BRGM and an integral part of the Interreg programme for the Caribbean, is setting up a Caribbean network for prevention and crisis management of coastal risks that arise with climate change.

With exposure to extreme cyclonic episodes and to gradually rising sea-levels as a result of climate change, Caribbean coastlines are vulnerable to risks such as coastal erosion and flooding.

While the risks are above all for the safety of people and property, they also concern the tourist sector, which relies on preserving beaches and the biodiversity-rich natural heritage of associated intertidal habitats such as mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds.

Carib-Coast: A Caribbean network for coastal risk prevention

The Carib-Coast projet is aiming to set up a Caribbean network for prevention and crisis management of coastal risks arising with sea-level rise. It was the subject of a TV programme broadcast on CaribVision on 22 January 2019. 

Developing tools and a monitoring network to manage coastal risks

The Carib-Coast project builds on the principle of networking efficiency. The aim is to pool, co-construct and distribute  approaches to surveillance, coastal risk prevention and adaptation to climate change.

The project covers all the Caribbean islands, with a particular focus on the French partner regions - Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin - as well as Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Porto-Rico.

In particular, it will set up a digital platform for modelling coastal flooding, a network for coastal erosion monitoring and prevention based on nature-based solutions, and operational tools for coastal risk management.

An integral part of the Interreg 2014-2020 programme for the Caribbean

With its broad range of partners, the Carib-Coast project is piloted by the BRGM and supported in particular by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C).

The project is co-funded by the Interreg Caribbean programme through the European Regional Development Fund. The Interreg Caribbean programme, piloted by the Guadeloupe Region as the Management Authority, is a European programme enabling Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Saint-Martin, which are all French and European regions, to undertake projects in cooperation with their neighbours in the Greater Caribbean, totalling over 35 countries in a zone extending from Mexico in the north to Venezuela in the south.

The Carib-Coast launch committee meeting on 17 January 2019 in Guadeloupe. © BRGM

The Carib-Coast launch committee meeting on 17 January 2019 in Guadeloupe. © BRGM

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