At the end of last year CDR has kicked off the project for Baseline Studies and Design of Sustainable Coastal Protection for Long Island, the Bahamas.
The project is part of the ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management) Bahamas Program that was initiated by The Government of the Bahamas and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with the aim of building resilience to coastal risks including those associated with climate change.
Long Island was hit by hurricane Joaquin in October 2015 resulting in severe damage and flooding. Together with our partners, Islands by Design, REBEL group and IHE Delft we are excited to carry out baseline studies, assess the flood risk and develop strategic coastal protection design to mitigate flooding for central Long Island.
We had the opportunity to visit Long Island and were amazed by the beauty and importance of the coast for the local communities. The low-lying islands of The Bahamas are characterized by its coastal and marine environment and ecosystem, which form the main identity of the country. The setting of Long Island makes it clear that biodiversity, environmental and social aspects need to play an important role and emphasizes the need for an integrated approach. Our team looks forward to conduct further field surveys, stakeholder interviews and data collection in the first weeks of January.